Trains, burgers and the Civil War this Labor Day weekend

Unlimited train rides for the single-ride price are designed on Labor Day weekend to entice railroad and history buffs to the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

"You can ride all day if you want," said Felicia Archer, spokesperson for the Division of Museums and History at the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The special deal runs Saturday through Labor Day.

Rides will involve the 1905 Steam Locomotive No. 25 and will highlight the holiday weekend celebration at the museum. The historic Virginia and Truckee train will carry passengers on half-hour tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and depart every 40 minutes.

The daily tickets, which are $12 for adults and less for children 3 and older, include access to all exhibits and admission to the museum's Jacobsen Interpretive Center. Tickets for children 4-11 cost $3 and for those 12-17 are $6. Children under 3 ride free. Members get discounts.

The museum's curator of history will offer two guided tours on Labor Day that include unrestored rail cars and local histories. Those Monday tours, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., require advanced sign-up at the admissions desk.

In addition, members of Warren Engine Co. No. 1 volunteer fire department will offer hamburgers, cheeseburgers or hot dogs with chips and soft drinks at the museum on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $5. Food will be served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

If people are in the mood for history, trains and want the flavor of an exact historic period thrown in, the Comstock Civil War re-enactors plan a full plate of period reproduction in Virginia City starting Saturday through Labor Day.

A Saturday morning pancake breakfast kicks off the festivities.

Civil War camp is open at Miner's Park from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Labor Day.

Besides the champagne train, there will be other train rides, battles to boot, a Saturday night dance and a Labor Day parade.

The champagne train costs $25, the others $22 for adults and $10 for children aged 5-12.


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