Annual model train tour runs through Sunday in Carson City area |

Annual model train tour runs through Sunday in Carson City area

Carson City modeler Paul Martinovich’s model railroad layout is an Eastern California railroad. Shown is his version of the depot for the Nevada-California Railroad located in Reno on Fourth St. His railroad also features the town of Portola and other areas familiar to Northern Nevadans.
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Once again the Northern Nevada Model Railroads tour is happening through Sunday. Layouts are open in Carson City, Gardnerville, Fernley, Reno, Sparks and Golden Valley.

There are a total of 25 railroads open and one manufacturer. Generally the Carson City, Gardnerville and Fernley areas are open Sundays. Reno and Sparks areas are open on Friday evenings and Saturday. Some are open all three days. Layout tour guides are available by contacting Jim Petro at or by calling Jim at 775-544-5636 or John Currie at or calling John at 775-224-9725.

The inspiration for the various model railroads are as varied as childhood experiences, particular real railroads that had an impact on the modeler. The train models also offer hobbyists the chance to operate a model railroad in the fashion of a real railroad operating system. Modelers create these small empires by building all the structures, installing the track work, installing and using sophisticated electronic controls, doing creative scenery with mountains, boulders, rocks, grass, shrubs, trees and more.