Michael Bedeau

McKeen Motor Car

McKeen Motor Car is a nationally important self-propelled gasoline engine railway vehicle built by the McKeen Motor Car Company of Omaha, Nebraska. The Virginia & Truckee Railway Company ordered it in October 1909 at a cost of $22,000. The McKeen Car entered regular service as V&T Motorcar #22 on June 2, 1910, operating between Carson City and Minden, Nevada. Number 22 operated on the V&T until it was sold in 1945, a remarkable record spanning thirty-five years and well over 500,000 miles of service.

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