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Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada Take a living history ride on the restored Virginia & Truckee Railroad - "Queen of the Short Lines." Excursion trains closely follow the route the originial V & T took between Carson City and Virginia City during the heyday of the Comstock mining era, giving today's passengers many of the same views seen by the silver barons when Virginia City was the richest place in America (if not the world).

Virginia and Truckee Train Schedule

The V & T season runs from Memorial Day weekend in May until about mid-October. Trains pulled by a steam locomotive run the route on most Saturdays and Sundays during the season. Trains run on select Fridays during July and August. The steam engine is the McCloud #18, a restored Baldwin locomotive that saw service on the original V&T Railroad. Passengers get a fully narrated ride as they pass historic sites along the route. If you are lucky, you might even see some of the wild mustangs that roam the area. These rides are a great family activity, but leave pets at home - only certified service animals are allowed.

Round Trips - All round trips leave from Carson City (Eastgate Depot) at 10 a.m. and depart Virginia City for the return at 3 p.m. These are popular rides - buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended. For more information, call (877) 724-5007 or (775) 291-0208.

One-Way Trips - Rides depart Virginia City at 8 a.m. and from Carson City at 4:30 p.m. For dates and ticket information, visit Steam One Way tickets

V & T Railroad Depots

Carson City - The Eastgate Depot is 4.9 miles east (toward Dayton) of downtown Carson City on U.S. 50. Turn right on Flint Drive (there is a small sign), then left after .3 mile to 4650 Eastgate Siding Road. There is free parking.

Virginia City - The Virginia & Truckee 1870 Depot at 166 F Street, corner Washington Street. It's downhill from Virginia City's main street.

Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Nevada
Ride the V & T Railroad between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada. Photos © Stan White

Special Rides on the V & T Railroad

Several special holiday and theme trains run during the season. These tend to sell out, so get your tickets early if you want to ride. This is particularly true for THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Virginia City to Gold Hill Route

This excursion train is a separate ride from the Carson City - Virginia City route. It departs from and returns to the Virginia City depot for a four mile trip to Gold Hill and back. It operates several departures daily from Memorial Day weekend to the middle of October. This tour is narrated and lasts about 35 minutes. It's a great way to learn more about Comstock mining and Virginia City history. Buy tickets at the depot - reservations are not required. For more information, call (775) 847-0380.

Virginia and Truckee Railroad excursion train
V & T Railroad excursion train runs between Virginia City and Gold Hill. Photo © Stan White

Nevada State Railroad Museum

For further train history and fun in northern Nevada, visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. It covers the history of railroad building and operation in northern Nevada. There are two main stories - the Virginia & Truckee Railroad built during the Comstock mining boom in Virginia City and the construction of the transcontinental railroad that passes through Reno and crosses the entire Silver State. Train rides are available during summer weekends. Be sure to check the schedule to find out when steam trains are running and when you can ride on the only McKeen Motor Car still in operation.

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