McKeen Motor Car rides again |

McKeen Motor Car rides again

Brian Duggan
Brian Duggan/Nevada AppealRobin Reedy, chief of staff to Gov. Jim Gibbons, christens the McKeen Motor Car Sunday afternoon, marking its first voyage in more than a half a century.

A crowd watched Sunday afternoon as the McKeen Motor Car made its first passenger run after it was decommissioned from the Virginia & Truckee Railway in 1945.

Members and volunteers at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, donor Al Bernhard and people who rode the McKeen Motor Car as passengers decades ago attended the ceremony, which took place exactly 100 years – to the minute – after the motorcar arrived at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Omaha in 1910. It cost $22,000 at the time.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and Robin Reedy, Gov. Jim Gibbon’s chief of staff, attended the event.