Truckee Railroad Museum

Experience Truckee, California’s Old-West mountain charm with unique shops, wonderful restaurants, wine tasting, art galleries, entertainment, and year-round recreation and adventure. One of the must stop locations when visiting Truckee is the Truckee Railroad Museum. Hope aboard this local favorite and into the world of Truckee’s past.

About the Museum

Located next to the new California Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce in downtown, the museum currently consists of a caboose from the Sierra Pacific Railroad line that was used in the area. The caboose is an interim museum with the goal to move it and other cars to the planned railyard development east of downtown. As a tribute to Truckee’s cultural heritage, the museum includes photos, exhibits, and memorabilia celebrating the impact of the railroad on the development of Truckee.

Visiting the Museum

Inside the museum, Truckee Railroad Museum begins to tell the story of railroads in and around Truckee and their impact on the town. From the initial survey parties for the First Transcontinental Railroad, through the variety of logging railroads, and on to the tourist, commuter, and freight railroading of today, railroads have been an integral part of Truckee. The museum uses railroad artifacts, dioramas, pictures, and text displays to convey the impact of various types of railroads on Truckee. It also provides a glimpse of what will come with the permanent museum home.

The museum is open throughout the week at the availability of the docents, but there are set hours the museum is going to be open. The museum will be open Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, and Holidays 10 am to 4 pm. Included with your museum entrance is a kids’ play area. This play area includes a kids’ play train that will sure to be fun for all ages. Along with the kids’ area, the museum has multiple different exhibits that will teach you all you need to know about the Truckee Railroad and its deep history.

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