The Halloween Express hits the rails in Boulder City on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Passengers ride the full-size train on the historic Nevada Southern Railroad with scary and not-so-scary ghosts, ghouls and goblins beginning at 10 a.m. The seven-mile round trip is less than 30 minutes from Las Vegas, on the way to Hoover Dam. Additional trips depart at 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. both days.
The Halloween celebration includes face painting and balloon twisting, and the gift shop offers plenty of souvenir opportunities and collectibles.
The trains include three cars, air-conditioned or heated as needed, including two coaches and a wheelchair accessible car, an open-air car, and a generator car that supplies power for lights, air conditioning and heating. Trains depart from the Yucca Street station using the right of way and track developed by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1931 to supply materials to Boulder City for use in the construction of the Hoover Dam. The round trip takes about 40 minutes and offers great photograph opportunities in the picturesque Nevada desert.
Rides are $10 for adults ages 12 and older, $5 for children 4 through 11 and free for children under 4. Children 11 years old and under can ride for free if they are in costume.
Excursion train rides depart the museum depot every Saturday and Sunday, except in January. The train travels along the historic Boulder Branch Line to Railroad Pass, located in the River Mountain Range. In December, the Santa Train runs the 3 weekends before Christmas with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children are invited to take pictures with Santa or mail him a wish list.