Virginia & Truckee Cabride
Because of Steam Locomotive refurbishment. The V&T ran the 2002 Operating season using a leased 44 tonner (Quincy #3) from the Feather River Railroad Society's Portola Railroad Museum. In August of 2002. They currently use a GE80 Tonner, photos on the standard V&T page on this website
This combine greets the V&T Passengers in Virginia City, inside you can buy tickets and there is a Gift shop as well. The next 16 images will take you on a virtual cab ride from Gold Hill up the hill to Virginia City. Enjoy.
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1. Our 44 tonner
pulls an open car and a caboose out of Gold Hill, Gold Hill depot on the right.
2. The start of the heavy grade up out of Gold Hill, the Mainline crosses Nevada State Hwy 342.
3. Our train groans up the steep grade, under steam, this is an awesome sight to see from the Gold Hill Depot.
4. Once at the top, we are still climbing, but not as bad, we approach the tunnel #4 from the west.
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5. After Tunnel
#4, the line curves north and we hug the side of a hill towards Virginia City.
6. Here we approach the underpass for Nevada State Route 341.
7. Passing under Hwy 342, we see to our right, the V&T shops.
8. A close up of the shops, the Yellow caboose is ex Western Pacific and is used during steam operations.
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9. Switch ahead.
Mainline veers to the left, Track to the right leads to the V&T shops.
10. Passing the shops, we approach the dirt grade crossing for the access road into the V&T shops.
11. Here we start to get into the outskirts of Virginia City.
12. An old Mine Railway Bridge still stands.
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13. We Break
through the brush and get our first glimpse of Virginia City.
14. We cross our second major grade crossing. F Street, the V&T Station stop is just ahead of us.
15. Approach to the V&T Station stop.
16. And finally...we have arrived at Virginia City. Currently the Railroad is using diesel power (our locomotive for this trip was a GE 44 tonner) while the steam locomotives are overhauled, but regardless this is still very much worth the trip. If you are going to ride the V&T RR, make sure you stop down in Carson City and ride the Carson & Mills Park Railroad.
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