Welcome to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

   Train 5   Departs    1:50p         ->        Arrives   2:06p 

​                     Arrives     2:25p        <-        Departs  2:09p

Railbus Schedule

Please arrive fifteen minutes before your departure time to check in, otherwise your reservations may be given to passengers on the standby list.

The Summer Season Begins

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s summer season begins April 28 with the annual commencement of the popular railbus rides.  In celebration of the museum’s 15th year, plans are in place to operate both of the museum’s fully-restored railbuses, the Donna Jeanne and the recently refurbished Sarah Kidder. 

The Donna Jeanne, also known as #97, has been in service for several years, taking passengers along Gold Run Creek past the Inn Town Campground to the Northern Queen, paralleling a portion of the original route of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad.   During much of the time that Donna Jeanne has been in service, Sarah Kidder was in the restoration shop getting a makeover.  

Originally used as a shuttle vehicle at the Westside & Cherry Valley Railway, the Sarah Kidder is an open-air railbus with polished wood bench seating, meticulously lettered signs, and brass accents that give it a style reminiscent of times gone by.  The railbus is named for Sarah Kidder, the former president of the NCNGRR from 1901-1913, and the first female president of a railroad in the United States.

 Railbus rides are approximately 35 minutes in duration and are offered on Saturdays only during the summer season.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be arranged by calling the museum during normal business hours at 530-470-0902.  

Summer season museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.  Docent-led tours of the museum, including restored rail cars in the yard and the restoration shop with its works in progress, are available.   There is no charge to visit the museum or ride the railbus, but donations are always gratefully accepted.   The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court at the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk in Nevada City.


There is no charge to ride.  However, the railbus can only operate with the financial support of the passengers.  Please consider a donation when you reserve your trip. 

Reservations may be made by calling the Museum during normal business hours on 530-470-0902.  Because of the volume of calls, we can no longer accept reservation requests left on the office recorder. 

Passengers are ticketed on a first come, first served basis.  Sign-up sheets are available at the NCNGRR Museum and in the lobby of the Northern Queen Inn. 

NCNGRR Museum           Northern Queen Inn

Railbus Timetable No. 7

       Effective April 28, 2018

   Train 4   Departs   12:50p        ->        Arrives   1:10p 

​                     Arrives     1:35p        <-         Departs  1:15p

The railbus operates on Saturdays only.

   Train 2   Departs   10:40a         ->        Arrives   10:56a 

​                     Arrives    11:15a         <-         Departs  10:59a

   Train 6   Departs    2:40p        ->        Arrives    3:00p 

​                     Arrives     3:25p        <-        Departs   3:05p

The NCNGRR Museum is pleased to announce regularly scheduled railbus excursions beginning Saturday, April 28, 2018 and continuing until  the end of our season on October 31.  Passengers may board at either the NCNGRR Museum or the Northern Queen Inn  in Nevada City.  The 35 minute round-trip travels along Gold Run Creek past the Inn Town Campground, gold mining sites, and parallels a portion of the original route of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad.  


   Train 3   Departs   11:30a         ->        Arrives   11:50a 

​                     Arrives    12:15p         <-       Departs  11:55a

   Train 1   Departs   09:40a         ->        Arrives   10:00a 

​                     Arrives    10:25a         <-        Departs  10:05a