Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Located in Nevada City, California, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era. In addition to the railroad, this Sierra foothills county boasted such turn-of-the 20th century transportation as an electric streetcar line, a steam powered automobile, and the first commercial airport in the United States.Visitors are offered a docent-led historical tour of the museum, railyard, and restoration shop. Exhibited in the main gallery is Engine 5, an 1875 Baldwin that began service hauling lumber, then passengers and freight for the NCNGRR, and finally as a movie engine at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The railyard houses a collection of wooden rail cars, some restored, others awaiting their turn in the restoration shop. The shop is usually a busy place with volunteers doing rolling stock maintenance and other restoration projects. The museum’s Gift Shop offers visitors a choice of many railroad-related items.


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5 Kidder Ct,
Nevada City, CA 95959

Business Hours

Summer Hours
(May 1 – October 31)
Friday – Tuesday 10AM – 4PM
Wednesday – Thursday CLOSED

Winter Hours
(November 1 – April 30)
Saturday – Sunday 10AM – 4PM
Group tours on other days by appointment



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Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum