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The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built to serve the silver mining communities of Nevadamarker. At its height, the railroad's route ran from Renomarker south to Carson City, Nevadamarker. In Carson City, the mainline split into two branches. One branch continued south to Mindenmarker, while the other branch traveled east to Virginia Citymarker. 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

Today, the privately-owned Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company operates as a heritage railroad, headquartered in Virginia City. 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, from Virginia City from Memorial Day until the end of October each year.

The public Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway has rebuilt the line from Gold Hill (connection with the current V&T Railroad) to Carson City, running the first train over the line in 68 years on 14 August 2009. The Commission acquired a 1914 2-8-2 steam locomotive (The McCloud no. 18), which had been in use by the Sierra Railroad, out of Oakdale, California on special dinner/lunch trains. When the no. 18 arrived on the V&T, a mechanical problem was discovered, and the locomotive now awaits repair at the Virginia and Truckee shops in Virginia City.Cars and locomotives from the original railroad are on display at the Nevada State Railroad Museummarker in Carson City, at the Comstock History Center and on C Street in Virginia City and at the California State Railroad Museummarker in Sacramento.

In order to ascend the mountain to Virginia Citymarker it was necessary to build an enormous trestle. Popular Nevada mythology says Crown Point Trestle was considered to be such a feat of engineering that it is featured on the Nevadamarker State Seal. This myth is mentioned by Lucius Beebe.

Former Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha debunks this myth on the state's Myth-a-Month page, pointing out that the state seal predates the trestle and shows a viaduct, not a trestle.

Historic equipment

The Virginia and Truckee's locomotives and other equipment appeared in numerous Westerns over the years since the railroad operated otherwise obsolete equipment well into the "cinema age." Many of these pieces have been restored, and are currently on display at museums throughout the country.

No. Name Type Builder C/N Built Remarks
11
Reno
4-4-0
Baldwinmarker
2816
1872
On display at Old Tucson Studiosmarker.
12
Genoa
4-4-0
Baldwin
3090
1873
On display at the California State Railroad Museummarker
13
Empire
2-6-0
Baldwin
3091
1873
On display at the California State Railroad Museum
18
Dayton
4-4-0
CP's Sacramento shops
Sac 6
1873
On display at the visitor's center at Virginia City, Nevadamarker.
20
Tahoe
2-6-0
Baldwin
3687
1875
On display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvaniamarker.
21
J.W.Bowker
2-4-0
Baldwin
3689
1875
On display at the California State Railroad Museum.
22
Inyo
4-4-0
Baldwin
3693
1875
Operational, on display at the Nevada State Railroad Museummarker.
25 (2nd)
Unnamed
4-6-0
Baldwin
25016
1905
On display at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
27
Unnamed
4-6-0
Baldwin
39453
1913
On display at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.




Historic designations



Restoring the line

Officials with the Commission held a "silver spike" ceremony January 3, 2006, in Carson City to commemorate the completion of two miles of track near Gold Hillmarker. The construction, completed in September 2005, is part of an effort to restore the V&T's mainline from Virginia City to Carson City for operations. Then Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev), who was instrumental in securing $10 million in federal funding for the project, and Nevada Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt, who secured an additional $1 million in state funding for the project, both spoke at the ceremony.

It is estimated that completion of the line from Gold Hill to Carson City will cost in excess of $55 million, and it is hoped that the line, which was originally abandoned in 1938, will be completed and operational once again in 2012.

On August 14, 2009 the ceremonial first run from Virginia City to Mound House occurred for VIPs. On the 15th and 16th the line opened to the public. Funds raised from these runs will be used to pay for the tracks through the Carson River Canyon, and will continue throughout the fall, every Saturday from August 22 through October 31. The runs will use the V&T Railroad's equipment (such as steam locomotive #29) and not that of the V&T Railway (owned by the Commission). Ticket price is set at $48.

See also



Bibliography

  • Steamcars To The Comstock, Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, Howell-North, 1957
  • Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California, Vol. 1 The Northern Roads, David F. Myrick, Howell-North, 1962
  • Rebirth of the Virginia & Truckee R. R., Ted Wurm, May-Murdoch Publications, 1992
  • The Silver Short Line, Ted Wurm & Harre Demoro, Virginia & Truckee RR, 1983
  • Virginia & Truckee: A Story of Virginia City and Comstock Times, Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg, Howell-North, 1949
  • Virginia & Truckee, The Bonanza Road, Mallory Hope Ferrell, Hundman Publishing, 1999


References

  1. Reno
  2. Genoa
  3. Empire
  4. Dayton
  5. Tahoe
  6. J.W.Bowker
  7. Inyo
  8. Unnamed
  9. Unnamed
  10. #NPS–04001198


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