Balloons, Canyons, Deserts, Evergreens, Fall 2017 travel blog

Virginia & Truckee Railroad

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Passenger Car

Today was a trip by train from Carson City to Virginia City on the V&T Railroad. The Virginia & Truckee, 21 mile standard gauge line was up & running in 1870 working the Comstock mines & was known as the wealthiest short line in the world. The rest of the history for this line made it world renowned. It ran it's last revenue run in 1950.

Our 21 mile 3 hour return trip was really interesting with engineers, brakemen & conductors. Then there was a 3 hour stop in Virginia city walking the boardwalks, visiting the Saloons like Bucket of Blood & Red Dog or the Delta with their own historic tales, made for an all around terrific day.

Two last tid bits.There are still roaming wild mustangs of which we saw one jump over the tracks to catch up to it's herd. Gypsum is still mined here & it is used in baking & cosmetics. Who knew we ate the stuff!

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