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July 1-4, 2022

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Nevada State Railroad Museum,

Carson City


Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the completion of Nevada’s famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad with an exciting pageant of steam locomotion, train rides, food, live entertainment, “lost art” demonstrations and more!

Write all of your friends about the wonderful time you are having by sending them a postcard or a letter from the Great Western Steam Up! The US Postal Service will apply this special postmark to all letters and postcards mailed at the Great Western Steam Up. Bring your own letters or postcards or buy a postcard and stamp at the museum!


The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, is excited to announce that Ed Dickens, Senior Manager of Heritage Operations for the Union Pacific Railroad, will be appearing at the Great Western Steam Up.

On Saturday July 2nd, Mr. Dickens will speak at 3 p.m. and give an update on the Union Pacific Steam Program, including the upcoming plans for Big Boy 4014.

On Sunday, July 3rd, Mr. Dickens will participate in an interactive chat and be available to answer audience questions. Both days his appearance will be in the main tent located adjacent to the turntable.


Fun for families and railroad enthusiasts.

Ride behind visiting narrow- and standard-gauge steam locomotives, watch the daily pageant of the steam locomotive, view historical vehicle and equipment displays, enjoy local food trucks, listen to live entertainment, interact with handcraft vendors and more!


View the largest reunion of existing Virginia & Truckee locomotives assembled in over 75 years, including the famous Reno, No. 11.

OVER 10 operating steam locomotives representing six historic Nevada railroads, including:

  • Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge No. 18, the “Slim Princess”
  • Eureka & Palisade No. 4, Eureka
  • Santa Cruz Portland Cement No 2, the Chiggen
  • Bluestone Mining & Smelting Heisler No. 1
  • Nevada County Narrow Gauge No. 5 (formerly Tahoe)Carson & Tahoe
  • Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co., Glenbrook
  • Virginia & Truckee No. 22, Inyo
  • Virginia & Truckee No. 25
  • Cortez Mining Co. Anne Marie