An On3 scale historical model railroad display dedicated to the memory of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. 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.
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.
Note – The NCNG Historical Model Railroad is a separate non-profit organization not affiliated with other museums or groups.
Nevada County Fair
Nevada County Fairgrounds
August 9 - 13, 2023
12 - 6 pm
Your support and contributions will enable us to improve train conditions and refurbishing. Your generous donation will help fund our cause.
Better yet, see us in person!
Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, California 95949