Established in 2009, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to the promotion of research and presentation of the history of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, 1869 -1905, the Virginia and Truckee Railway 1905-1950, and the affiliates, the connecting rail lines and the Comstock area in general, as well as aiding in the preservation of artifacts of this period including Virginia & Truckee locomotives, rolling stock, equipment, buildings, and documentary materials. Join now!
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is host to the annual family event called A Day Out with Thomas. Families get to enjoy a day with memories and you get to ride on a life-size replica of Thomas the Tank Engine on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City, Nevada!
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Day Out with Thomas, Thomas & Friends video
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (reporting mark VT) was built to serve the Comstock Lode mining communities of northwestern Nevada. At its height, the railroad's route ran from Reno south to Carson City, Nevada. In Carson City, the mainline split into two branches. One branch continued south to Minden, while the other branch traveled east to Virginia City. The first section constructed from Virginia City to Carson City was constructed commencing in 1869 to haul ore, lumber and supplies for the Comstock Lode.
The museum also features the Boone Library which is housed in a 100 year old L & N freight station that is named for its loyal member and benefactor, William Bill Boone. This station was moved originally located in the Woodlawn area of Birmingham and later moved to the museum. This building holds office space including media such collections of vintage maps, timetables, track diagrams and much more. Interestingly there is a railroad car attached to the library which holds a significant collection of technical manuals easily covering a hundred years of documentation.
Today, the privately owned Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company operates as a heritage railroad, headquartered in Virginia City. The present route is 14.1 miles (22.7 km) long. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad owns and uses the service mark "Queen of the Short Lines." The V&T Railroad runs up to 7 trains per day, many in steam behind locomotive #29, a 2-8-0 Consolidation, or an ex-US Army GE 80 ton diesel from Virginia City from Memorial Day until the end of October each year.
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