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Exhibits in the Jacobsen Interpretative Center
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Jacobsen Interpretive Center houses numerous displays about northern Nevada railroad history at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.

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This photo tour of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will acquaint you things to see and do while visiting. As you will learn, the museum is a fun and educational place, and you don't even need to be a seasoned train buff to have a great time exploring the railroading history of northern Nevada.

The Jacobsen Intrpretive Center is the main exhibit building at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City and the place to begin your visit. Inside you will find interpretive displays about the history of railroading in northern Nevada, including what is probably the most important story of all - the building of the first transcontinental railroad. The line was built between 1863 and 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad, famously meeting at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869. The railroad still follows most of the original route. It crosses the Sierra Nevada at Donner Summit and still runs right through the middle of downtown Reno (since 2004, the tracks have been below street level in the ReTRAC train trench). Another highlight inside the Jacobsen Interpretive Center is the beautifully restored V & T No. 22 "Inyo" steam locomotive. It was purchased by the V & T Railroad from Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1875. The Inyo is brough out and steamed up once a year, on the 4th of July.

Sources: Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

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