on sunday morning we delivered a load to Reno, then found out that we didnt reload till the next morning. so, me and my co-driver decided to take the scenic route into California again. we headed down 395 through Carson City and decided to stop by the railroad museum. i had been there once, wayyy back when i was little and i wanted to see it again. luckily, their parking lot is big enough for us to stuff our 18 wheeler into. they have an excellent collection of beautiful Virginia & Truckee steam locomotives and several passenger cars on display, with a big ol shop filled with many more cars in desperate need of repair. they also had a beautiful display of what looked like G scale models of every locomotive that the V&T owned with descriptions and the history of each prototype. these are very beautiful models. after wandering around a while taking pictures (they didnt turn out very well due to having to use the flash and me not holding the camera steady ) we stopped in the gift shop. i was very suprised at the great selection of railroad books and videos they had. some i have been trying to find for a while. i ended up with a couple of SP DVD's and 2 books, SP color guide to freight and passenger equipment and SP in transition (a must have book for all SP nuts, especially latter day SP nuts). of course you pay full retail there, but you can find some hard to find books and support the museum at the same time. here are a few of the locomotives they have lying around, looking beautiful. NVSRM #8 V&T #18 Dayton (front) rear V&T #27 V&T #22 Inyo V&T #25 and here are some pictures of some other cool stuff they had around. Porter steam loco http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm porter.JPG Tucson Cornelia & Gila Bend motorcar (you can take a ride on this one!) http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm tcgb motorcar 1.JPG http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm tcgb motorcar 2.JPG UP/WP caboose http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm up caboose.JPG a friendly wave from the engineer of ol #27 http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt 27 cab.JPG interior of a V&T coach http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt coach interior.JPG outside of a V&T coach http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt coach.JPG V&T Inyo drivers and Baldwin plate http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt inyo drivers.JPG the controls of the Inyo http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt steamer controls.JPG front view of the Inyo. these things are TALL! http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt inyo front.JPG Live steam model of the V&T Reno http://akpierce.20m.com/nvrm vt reno model.JPG If any of y'all are ever anywhere near Reno you defnately need to stop by this place. it is just on the south side of Carson City on highway 395. if you are going south, it is on the right.