|Not all is lost, however, according to Corbin. While the Boulder City Bypass has created a problem for some Boulder City residents and happy tidings for others, it may be a new avenue for the progress of the tourist train.
"When the bypass is developed," says Corbin," the highway grade is intended to go under the existing railroad at Railroad Pass. When that happens, the railroad crossing at the Pass, which is currently covered over, will be able to be put back into use."
"Be able" are the key words here and Corbin is exhibiting patience. Instead of wasting his bullets on the legislature, he's waiting for the bypass project to be completed to regain the access beyond Railroad Pass. Remember the back burner?
"We have identified a spot in Henderson near Wagon Wheel Drive where we would like to extend the ride."
Corbin is planning to add an additional 2 1/2 miles to the train ride. The main objective has always been, he says, to take the tourist excursion over the summit at Railroad Pass so people could get the views of Las Vegas Valley.
"I think, in the long run, with a little bit of patience, we will get the very best options. The best part of it is, we won't have to go to the legislature to get money. There are a lot of opportunities we can have with night time operation, especially with that view."
Corbin understands the impatience of people when it comes to bureaucracy. In Nevada with the legislature meeting every two years, money for reconditioning old railroad cars comes in small doses.
George Forbes had a vision for the trains, so does Greg Corbin. He says, "for the people who come here to visit, that view (of Las Vegas Valley) can be pretty spectacular. At night there is nothing like it."
On a train ride, of course.
Nevada Southern Railway 2004 Train Schedule
Excursion train departs from the Nevada Southern Railway station (off Yucca Street) traveling 3.5 miles west along the historic Boulder Branch Line to Railroad Pass located within the River Mountain Range. The round trip (7 miles) lasts approximately forty-five minutes. The passengers will ride in newly refurbished (air conditioned) Pullman Coaches dating back to 1911.
DATES SCHEDULED IN 2004:
Each Saturday of 2004 beginning March 13, with additional days as indicated below.
Sunday, May 2,
Sunday, July 4, (Damboree Activities)
Sunday, Oct. 3, (Art in the Park)
Sunday, Dec. 5, (Santa Train)*
Trains will depart from Boulder City each sceduled day at:
09:00 am | 10:30 am | 12 Noon | 1:30 am
* Note: Call for schedule during "Santa Train: event.
Fares: Adults $5, Seniors (65 and older) $4, Child (ages 6-11) $3, 5yrs and under FREE.