Experience a part of Nevada’s history on the V&T Railway
The Virginia & Truckee (V&T) Railroad originally begin in 1868 to transport ore from the mines around Virginia City to the mills along the Carson River for refining. Additionally, a better transportation system was needed to bring lumber from the Lake Tahoe region to Virginia City, where it could be used to time the underground mines and feed the mining furnaces. By the mid-1870s, the mines were so productive that 30 to 45 trains operated daily along the route.
The rebirth of the V&T Railroad began in 1972 when Robert Gray, a railroad enthusiast from Sacramento, CA, acquired a portion of the V&T right of way and began reconstructing the historic route. He laid the first tie in 1974 and started running his train for tourists three years later.
The train currently runs from the Eastgate Depot (4650 Eastgate Siding Road) in Carson City, to historic Virginia City, NV. During the leisurely ride, travelers are treated to an informative talk as the conductor relates anecdotes about the Comstock and points out places of historic interest along the way, including original mining head frames, mill sites and other buildings.
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company operates from Memorial Day until the end of October. To see the route and complete schedule, please visit vtrailway.com.