Work at the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum
Being the photographer at the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum (NSRM) is fun, challenging, and lets you be a kid again. I remember the days when my dad would help me with my Lionel trains, take me on trips on the railroad, and just have fun watching the trains go by. I no longer have a model railroad layout, no room at home, so I play in 0ne to one scale; the engines and cars are bigger, and weigh a lot more.
As a photographer you find yourself taking photos of the train leaving the depot, crossing bridges, and making it's way back and forth along the rail line. At this point, the NSRM has a short 45 minute round trip ride from Boulder City to Railroad Pass. This will change in the future when the new I-11 bypass is finished around Boulder City. One also takes photos of the riders as they board the train, enjoy storytime and crafts, visit and ride the scale live steamers trains. NSRM also has special trains designed for the seasons, like the Santa Train, Pajama Train and more.
The museum also has a number of static displays of railroad equipment, a boneyard you can visit, and scale model railroads located in one of the passenger cars located next to the train platform. Lots to do and see, plus spend some time with the volunteer staff learning how this railroad helped build one of the world's engineering wonders, the Hoover Dam.
Next time you visit Las Vegas, or if you are a resident of the area, please take the time to make the thirty minute trip from the Strip out to Boulder City. If you see me on the train platform, stop and chat, I'll be happy to assist you in great places to photograph the trains.
Keywords: Arizona, Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Nevada, O'Callaghan/Tillman Memorial Bridge, Union Pacific, bureau of reclamation, photography, railroad
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