Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model 
Railroad located on the Nevada County fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California

Now CELEBRATING 28 YEARS! 1986-2014
Please visit us at one of our 2014 scheduled Open Houses.


2014 OPEN HOUSE CALENDAR

Note - Schedule is subject to updating and change. There may be admintance and parking charges for concurrent fairgrounds events. Check our information number (530) 451-NCNG {6264} for current event information.

2014 Open House Schedule of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Historical Model Railraod, Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, California

What is the N.C.N.G. Historial Model Railroad?

An On3 scale historical model railroad display dedicated to the memory of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad.

#9 Pulling into Grass Valley Yard
#9 Pulling into Grass Valley Yard

The NCNG Historical Model Railroad is a historically accurate and operating scale model of the famous Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. Located permanently in its own building on the Nevada County fairgrounds, the historical model railroad exhibit and display is open during major fairground events, special en houses, as well as by special arrangement with schools or visitors. The fully operational Historical Model Railroad is built to 'On3' scale, and has models of the three major towns served by the now gone NCNGRR - Nevada City, Grass Valley and Colfax as well as historic points in-between. The original railroad ran 22 miles from Nevada City, California, to the Southern Pacific mainline at Colfax, California, between 1875 and 1942.

NCNG Locomotive #8
NCNG Locomotive #5

The NCNG Historical Model Railroad was incorporated in 1986 as the "N.C.N.G Project" and has steadily been improved since then. The locomotives and rolling stock are historically accurate and fully operational. The DCC controlled trains now boast special features such as the 'train cam television' where visitors get an 'on-the-train' view from the perspective of riding the railroad as it travels from town to town. The Historical Model Railroad is maintained and operated by the N.C.N.G. Historical Model Railroad (originally known as the "NCNG Project") - a non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining and improving this Historical Model Railroad. For more information to become a volunteer or supporter, see Contact info.

Rollng Towards Colfax
Rolling Towards Colfax

Note - The NCNG Historical Model Railroad is a separate non-profit organization not affiliated with other museums or groups.

 

 


2014 Events & Open Houses

  • "NCNG Historical Model Railroad Work Days" - First Saturday of the month* - Open to visitors: Noon to 1:00 pm - Stop by to chat or see us work on the layout. While there is no admission charge to see the N.C.N.G. Historical Model Railroad, we suggest you check with the Nevada County Fairgounds calendar web site as there may be parking and/or admission charges to the fairgrounds. Not a "railroad club" - Learn what it takes to be a N.C.N.G. Historical Model Railroad member, or how to run a train, or learn the history of the NCNG railroad. Join us and be part of history - your history!
    (*(Excluding January, August and December. SPECIAL NOTE: Please be sure to email us and let us know you're coming. Our schedule does vary from month to month and we wouldn't want to miss you! )

    Our physical address is near Gate 1 - 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, California. [Note - the map links below will open in a new window/tab.]
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  • The Union Spring Home & Garden Show - Special Open House April 26-27 - Children and cameras welcomed! [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • During the Blue Grass Fesitval Special Open House June 15-16 (FREE Admission to model railroad exhibit; other charges for fairground access may apply)- Children and cameras welcomed! [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • HISTORY WORKS! Special Open House - July 4th - 4pm to 8pm - Fireworks at 9:00 pm Children and cameras welcomed! [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • Nevada County Fair August 6-10 - Stop by during the fair - catch a glimps of Nevada County's railroad history. Admission to the N.C.N.G Historical Model Railroad is $1.00, children under 12 are free; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.
  • Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show - August 30 - A special open house concurent with Nevada County's favorite dog show! - - Children and cameras welcomed! Stop by and catch a glimsp of Nevada County railroad history. [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • During the Roamin' Angels Car Show September 6 - Special Open House during the car show. Children and cameras welcomed! Stop by during the car show to see how people traveled in Nevada County 80 or morer years ago![ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • Draft Horse Classic - Special Open house September 20-21 - Children and cameras welcomed! [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • Halloween Event - Special open house concurrent with fairground activities October 27 - [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • Country Christmas Faire - A special open house concurent with the Country Christmas Faire - November 28-30 - Children and cameras welcomed! [ FREE ADMISSION to the NCNG Historical Model Railroad exhibit; separate parking and fees to the fairgrounds may apply.]

  • Attention School Teachers! - Are you teaching Nevada County history, our county's transportation history, or California railroad history, and would like to give your students a unique experience revisiting the Nevada County Narrow Gauge railroad?

    Our museum quality model railroad with historical information displays is bound to inspire the imagination of your students. Contact us to make arrangements for your class's own special tour of this historical model railroad exhibit. Due to potential conflict with other fairground events, tours should be scheduled well in advance in order to make proper arrangements. Please contact us for more information.

The N.C.N.G. Historical Model Railroad (formerly known as the "N.C.N.G Project") is a non profit California public benefit corporation not associated with any other museum or organization that owns, maintains and operates the historic model railroad exhibit and displays for educational purposes.
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