The McKeen Motor Car
Saturday, May 10, 2014, was National Train Day. The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City celebrated this occasion by honoring a very special train (and guests) with some runs on their short track. The museum offered tours and rides on the Virginia & Truckee Railway’s McKeen Motor Car No. 22.
The McKeen Motor Car originally entered service on May 9, 1910, and was retired in 1945. This special beauty is now 104 years old. And, it is the only restored and fully operable McKeen Motor Car in the world. No. 22 was granted National Historic Landmark status by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012.
The train car has a gas powered engine and was used for mostly passenger traffic between Reno and Minden, Nevada. It was sold by the railway in 1946, spent a short time as a diner and then a plumbing supply office until 1996 when it was donated to the Nevada State Railroad Museum. It has taken over $1 million dollars and countless man hours of work to restore the motor car. But, ooooh, it was so worth it. This is a spectacular train.