Budget cuts threaten Nevada railroad museums

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – Under a proposed state budget plan, four of Nevada’s seven Division of Museums and History museums would close Aug. 1, 2011, including the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. Budget cuts in 2009 resulted in layoffs, reductions in hours for employees, and four-day per week hours. The museum has one of the best collections of 19th century locomotives, and the only restored McKeen car.
 
Dan Markoff, a member of the State Board of Museums and History, said the museums have suffered inequitably. “When we had budget cuts at the last session the museum system took a hit far greater than everybody else in the state systems. Now we’re still taking a greater hit because they want to close us down.” Markoff says its unknown if the museum’s artifacts would be dispersed if they are closed. “We have a new governor and hopefully he will listen to some sense,” he says. “It’s like England closing the Crown Jewels.”

Also set to close is the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum in East Ely. The community-owned Nevada Northern Railway, which includes the operating trains and grounds in East Ely, is unaffected by state budget actions and will continue normal operations even if the state closes the depot museum.
 
Markoff suggested that potential visitors make legislators aware of how the museums can have a positive effect on the economy. “People coming here stay in hotels, buy gas, food and souvenirs. This also generates revenue for the state,” Markoff says. He suggested writing to Peter Barton, Acting Administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History, at 708 N. Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703-3915.
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Under a proposed state budget plan, four of Nevada’s seven Division of Museums and History museums would close Aug. 1, 2011, including the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. Budget cuts in 2009 resulted in layoffs, reductions in hours for employees, and four-day per week hours. The museum has one of the best collections of 19th century locomotives, and the only restored McKeen car.
 
Dan Markoff, a member of the State Board of Museums and History, said the museums have suffered inequitably. “When we had budget cuts at the last session the museum system took a hit far greater than everybody else in the state systems. Now we’re still taking a greater hit because they want to close us down.” Markoff says its unknown if the museum’s artifacts would be dispersed if they are closed. “We have a new governor and hopefully he will listen to some sense,” he says. “It’s like England closing the Crown Jewels.”

Also set to close is the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum in East Ely. The community-owned Nevada Northern Railway, which includes the operating trains and grounds in East Ely, is unaffected by state budget actions and will continue normal operations even if the state closes the depot museum.
 
Markoff suggested that potential visitors make legislators aware of how the museums can have a positive effect on the economy. “People coming here stay in hotels, buy gas, food and souvenirs. This also generates revenue for the state,” Markoff says. He suggested writing to Peter Barton, Acting Administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History, at 708 N. Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703-3915.
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