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              color photo of a small Virginia & Truckee passenger train cruising through the Carson City yards, circa 1940s; locomotive #26 pulls combine #23 and coach #18 while a brakeman rides on the pilot (the old enginehouse can be seen in the righthand background)               short V&TRR history

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The standard-gauge Virginia & Truckee Railroad was constructed in 1869 to supply the silver mines of the 'Comstock Lode' in Virginia City, Nevada. Traffic was mostly freight, with a new branch added to Minden, Nevada in 1909. The 300-mile-long narrow-gauge Carson & Colorado Railroad branch was built in 1880 and sold to the Southern Pacific in 1900. The Virginia & Truckee shut down in 1950, but restoration as a heritage railroad began in 1972, with several expansions since then.

                                          

original Virginia & Truckee Railroad  [1869-1950]
The standard-gauge Virginia & Truckee Railroad was founded in 1869 to supply the silver mines of the 'Comstock Lode' in Virginia City, Nevada; the main line from Virginia Cityto Carson City to Reno was completed in 1872. The 300-mile-long narrow-gauge subsidiary Carson & Colorado Railroad was constructed from 1880 to 1883
(and ceased operations in 1960). The branch to Minden, Nevada was added in 1909. Trains from Mound House to Virginia City ceased in the 1920s; the track was torn up in 1941.
The Virginia & Truckee shut down in 1950, but restoration as a heritage railroad began in 1972, with several expansions since then.

Virginia & Truckee Railroad tourist operation  [est. 1972]
official V&T RR website • V&T RR entry at Wikipedia
The modern Virginia & Truckee Railroad tourist operation was begun in 1972 by Robert C. 'Bob' Gray; the first year of operation in 1976 used several vintage motor cars over two miles of track; original V&T RR locomotives and other motive power were acquired and restored, as well as various passenger & freight railcars. By 2006, the route was expanded to 12 miles, over a realignment to Eastgate Station at the edge of Carson City. A sometimes-brusque Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway has found federal, state and private funds to build right-of-way on B.L.M. land for several miles thru Carson Canyon and an overpass across the U.S. Highway 50 freeway.


Carson & Colorado RR / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge RR  [1880-1960]
there is no official website • C&C RR entry at Wikipedia
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad incorporated the subsidiary Carson & Colorado Railroad in May 1880; it was a 3-foot narrow-gauge line over Montgomery Pass for service to communities and mining operations in Eastern California. The 300-mile route southward to Keeler, California was completed in August 1883. The V&T RR sold the C&C RR to the Southern Pacific Company in 1900, just months before silver and gold discoveries at Tonopah and Goldfield in Nevada. SP converted the 140 miles of track from Mound House to Mina from narrow- to standard-gauge in 1905; the surviving S.P. Narrow-Gauge operated from Mina, Nevada to Keeler, California until 1960, when the standard-gauge Southern Pacific RR 'Keeler Branch' from Los Angeles was shut down.

G.E. Nordell's Carson & Colorado / Nevada & California / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge Page


Virginia & Truckee Railroad Route and Stations
map of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad       The standard-gauge Virginia & Truckee Railroad was founded in 1869 to supply the silver mines of the 'Comstock Lode' around Virginia City, Nevada; the main line from Virginia City to Carson City to Reno was completed in 1872. The branch to Minden, Nevada was added in 1909. Trains from Mound House to Virginia City ceased in the 1920s; the track was torn up in 1941. The Virginia & Truckee shut down in 1950, but Robert C. 'Bob' Gray began restoration of the V&T RR as a heritage railroad in 1972, with several expansions since then.

The official stations or water stops of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad were/are (moving southward): Reno yards; Reno station [elev. 4,505]; Huffaker's; Brown's; Steamboat [elev. 4,642]; Washoe; Franktown; Mill Station; Lakeview; and Carson City (station and yards) [MP 31, elev. 4,802]; the mainline heads eastward from Carson City to Lookout; Mexican; Empire; Brunswick; Merrimac; Eureka; Carson Canyon {the new alignment}; and Eastgate station; then turns northward to Mound House [elev. 4,974]; Tunnel #2 (566 feet long); American Flat; Scales Siding; Gold Hill [elev. 5,843]; Tunnel #4; and ends at Virginia City [MP 52, elev. 7,871]. The 15.4-mile-long Minden Branch ran southward from Carson City to Stewart and Douglas and ended at Minden [elev. 4,724].

The V&T RR tourist operation has three trains to choose from, which run on weekends from May to October: The Carson City-Virginia City Route is 24 miles round trip; you can board at either end. The Virginia City-Gold Hill Route is a 35-minute 4-mile round trip. The Carson River Canyon Wine Train runs south of Eastgate and lasts an hour, an optional extension of the trip from Virginia City on 'special Saturdays'.

                 

Reno, Nevada

Carson City, Nevada
http://www.carsonpedia.com/
http://museums.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=412&Itemid=440
ex-NVBRR motor car #22 awaiting restoration
http://www.nsrm-friends.org/

Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot [built 1872] in Carson City, Nevada
currently houses Mason Lodge #1 [est. 1862] and Debug Computer Depot [est. 2000] and a coin dealer
Noehill Travel fanpage • building entry at Wikipedia

Gold Hill, Nevada
Gold Hill Depot donated to county in 1950; still standing

Virginia City, Nevada
Virginia City, Nevada Tourism Commission
GOLD STAR: restored V&T engine #18 'Dayton' is on static display inside  BLACK STAR: they have no website, not even a real Facebook page  Comstock History Center at corner of E and Union Streets in Virginia City, Nevada

Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot [built 1870], 166 F Street in Virginia City, Nevada
closed in 1950; private residence until purchase by V&T RR in 2013; re-opened as V&T RR Depot in 2013

1888 combine car #25 purchased in 1975; used as V&T RR Virginia City ticket office and headquarters from 1976 to 2013


Virginia & Truckee Railroad Locomotive Roster
Nevada State Railroad Museum V & T Locomotive Roster {last update 2008}
TrainWeb V & T Locomotive Roster {last update 7/2014}

yearwhytename/numberhistorydisposition/status
1869 2-6-0 Mogul#1 Lyonbuilt by H.J. Boothretired 1880, scrapped after 1900
2015? replica 2-6-0#1 Lyon  12/2014currently under construction in Mason City, Iowa
1869 2-6-0 Mogul#2 Ormsbybuilt by H.J. Boothsold 1875 to M.C. Gardner Lumber Co. at Lake Tahoe
{photo evidence}; returned 1882; stationary boiler at V&T shops until 1902
1869 2-6-0 Mogul#3 Storeybuilt by H.J. Boothsold 1881 to D.O. Mills Construction of Canada; scrapped 1920
19160-4-0T Porter switcher#3 (2nd)ex-MQRR-Portland Cement #202sold off circa 2000; privately-owned in Willits, California
{photo evidence}
1869 2-6-0 Mogul#4 Virginiabuilt by Baldwinscrapped after 1918
1869 2-6-0 Mogul#5 Carsonbuilt by Baldwinsold 1883 to D.O. Mills Construction of Canada; scrapped 1926
1925 2-8-0 Consolidation#5 (2nd)ex-Nevada Copper Belt RR in 1946scrapped 1950
1870 2-6-0 Mogul#6 Comstockbuilt by Baldwinsold 1881 to Oregon Railway & Navigation
1870 2-6-0 Mogul#7 Nevadabuilt by Baldwinsold 1883 to D.O. Mills Construction of Canada; sold 1917
1870 2-6-0 Mogul#8 Humboldtbuilt by Baldwinsold 1882 to D.O. Mills Construction of Canada; scrapped 1918
19072-6-2 Prairie#8 (2nd)ex-Feather River Short Linestored operable at Mound House {legal issues}; owned by Gold Hill Historical Society
1870 2-4-0#9 I.F. Jamesbuilt by Baldwinsold 1907 to Willett & Burr; scrapped 1946
1871 2-6-0 Mogul#10 Washoebuilt by Baldwinsold 1881 to Oregon Railway & Navigation
1872 4-4-0 American#11 Renobuilt by Baldwinsold to M.G.M. Pictures circa 1938; on display at Old Tucson Studios in Arizona since 1970, damaged in 1995 fire
click here for photograph (in a new window) with balloon stack circa 2002  click here for photograph (in a new window) with cap stack, maybe in 2010
1873 4-4-0 American#12 Genoabuilt by Baldwinclick here for photograph (in a new window)  sold 1938 for New York World's Fair; on display at California State RR Museum
1873 2-6-0 Mogul#13 Empirebuilt by Baldwinsold 1910? to Pacific Portland Cement in Nevada; donated by R&LHS to California State RR Museum in 1969; restored to 1873 appearance & on display
1873 2-6-0 Mogul#14 Esmeraldabuilt by Baldwinsold 1901 to Mexico Govt. Railways
1872 2-6-0 Mogul#15 Aurorabuilt by Danforthsold 1881 to Oregon Railway & Navigation
1872 2-6-0 Mogul#16 Ophirbuilt by Danforthsold 1881 to Oregon Railway & Navigation
1873 4-4-0 American#17 Columbusbuilt by C.P.R.R. Sacramentoscrapped 1917
1873 4-4-0 American#18 Daytonbuilt by C.P.R.R. Sacramentousual snowplow engine; sold to Paramount Pictures in 1938; on display in Virginia City, Nevada
19142-8-2 Mikado#18 (2nd)ex-McCloud River Railroad (on lease)in regular operation
1875 2-6-0 Mogul#19 Truckeebuilt by Baldwinsold 1901 to Verdi Lumber; scrapped 1920s
1875 2-6-0 Mogul#20 Tahoebuilt by Baldwinon display at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
1875 2-4-0 dinkey#21 J.W.Bowker, renamed 'Mexico' in 1877built by Baldwinsold 1896 to Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber; used at New York World's Fair in 1939; on display at California State Railroad Museum  {video 3:40}
1875 4-4-0 American#22 Inyobuilt by Baldwinclick here for photograph (in a new window)  sold to Paramount Pictures in 1937; sold to Nevada in 1974 & restored; operational and on display at Nevada State Railroad Museum  {video 3:30}
1876 2-6-0 Mogul#23 Santiagobuilt by Baldwinsold 1901 to Boca & Loyalton; scrapped 1917
1876 2-6-0 Mogul#24 Merrimacbuilt by Baldwinsold 1901 to Verdi Lumber, resold to Boca & Loyalton; scrapped 1930
1889 4-4-0 American#25 (1st)ex-Union Pacific #655bot 1901, found unsuitable, sold 1902 to Towle Brothers Lumber; scrapped 1937
19054-6-0 10-wheeler#25 (2nd)built by Baldwinsold to R.K.O. Pictures in 1947; purchased by Nevada in 1971; restored 1980; operational at Nevada State Railroad Museum
click here for photograph (in a new window)   {10/2013 video 15:25}
19074-6-0 10-wheeler#26built by Baldwinreduced to scrap in Carson engine house fire of May 1950
19134-6-0 10-wheeler#27built by Baldwindonated to Nevada 1950; on display at Nevada State Railroad Museum
18884-4-0 American#28built by Cooke for Denver, Texas & Fort Worth RRowned by Fox Studios 1945-72; used at V&T less than a year, circa 1976; purchased by NSRM as #8 in 1981
19162-8-0 Consolidation#29 Robert C. Grayex-Longview, Portland & Northern #680acquired in 1977; restored in 2008; in regular operation
{video 11:22}
19190-6-0 switcher#30ex-Southern Pacific #1251acquired in July 1984; inoperable & partially dismantled; funds needed for restoration
1905McKeen Motor Car#M-22 built by McKeen in Omaha, NEsold 1946 for use as a diner, then 1955-95 was plumber's office; restored at Nevada State Railroad Museum, operated on special occasions  {1936 photo}  {Wikipedia}
1917White 6-wheel passenger railcar#M-23 'Canary'built by Kleiber, San Francisco22-passenger car painted yellow  click here for 1920s photograph (in a new window); converted to mail-express-baggage service in 1929, reducing passenger capacity to eight
1924Ford Model-T inspection car#M-24 ex-Tonopah & Goldfield RR{photo evidence}
1921White 6-wheel passenger railcar#M-99 built by Kleiber, San Francisco; ex-Tonopah & Goldfield RR22-passenger car bot by V&T in 1926 {photo evidence}; destroyed by wind at N.S.R.M. in 1985
1922 Motor Car #401#M-50 'Washoe Zephyr'built by Edwards Rail Car Co. for Tucson, Cornelia & Gila Bend RRon display at Los Angeles Travel Town; refurbished & leased to V&T for operation in 1976 as #50 'Washoe Zephyr'; on display at Jamestown, CA; sold to Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1985; restored as TC&GB #401 and fully operational
{1976 photo}  {recent photo}
1926 Motor Car #507#M-1built by Edwards Rail Car Co.; ex-CB&Q, ex-Bay Creek RR of Virginiaacquired in December 2010; being restored for operation
{3/2011 video #1 14:52}  {12/2010 video #2 8:28}
195380-ton G.E. switcherdiesel #D-1ex-U.S. Army #1694acquired 2003; in regular use
1951ALCO S-4 switcherdiesel #D-2ex-P.P.L. Montana #101acquired May 2010; operative
194344-ton G.E. switcherdiesel #D-3ex-Yuma Valley Railway #3, after U.S.M.C. Yumaacquired May 2013; awaiting brake repairs

white-painted diesel yard-dinkey at Gold Hill in 2009
orange-painted gas speeder in use 2009 with yellow tank car
yard speeder painted yellow in use 2014

Virginia & Truckee Railroad Rolling Stock Roster

V&T RR Passenger Cars
baggage car #1
passenger car #3
homemade passenger car #10
Railway Post Office car #13

1888 combine car #25 built by Harlan & Hollingsworth: ex-Northwestern Pacific RR #37;
purchased in 1975; used as V&T RR Virginia City ticket office and headquarters from 1976 to 2013

1916 roofed tourist car #50; ex-Western Pacific bay-window caboose; in daily use since 1977
1916 roofed tourist car #54; ex-Western Pacific boxcar; in regular use for passengers and as a tunnel car
1916 open gondola tourist car #55; ex-Western Pacific boxcar; in daily use since 1977

1910 Pullman parlor car #100 'Ardelle Mae'; ex-Bangor & Aroostook RR;
acquired 2009 for restoration as 'Reno'
1914 Pullman passenger coach #101 'Gold Hill'; ex-DL&W RR, acquired 2008, restored 2009
1914 Pullman passenger coach #102 'Silver City'; ex-DL&W RR, in use 2012
1917 Pullman passenger coach #103 'Carson City'; ex-DL&W RR, in use 2012
1909 Pullman passenger coach #104; ex-S.P. coach #1165, brought from Tehachapi; in service as a work coach
two passenger cars acquired from the defunct Yuma Valley Railway in May 2013; stored at Scales Siding

10 1872 Caboose Original V&T R.R.
25 1888 Coach Harlan & Hollingsworth Co.
26 1888 Combine Harlan & Hollingsworth Co.
27 1870s Coach Michigan Central Railroad
-- 1909 Business Car Bangor and Aroostock Co.
50 1916 Caboose Western Pacific Railroad
51 1916 Caboose Western Pacific Railroad
54 1916 Tunnel Car Western Pacific Railroad
55 1916 Gondola Western Pacific Railroad
906 1923 Tank Car Atlanta Richfield Co.
9009000 1920s Tank Car Atlanta Richfield Co.


historic 1872 Wells Fargo & Co. express car #1 Kimball Mfg. Co.
sold to Paramount Pictures in 1938; lost in 1995 fire at Old Tucson Studios

historic 1872 mail & baggage car #2 Kimball Mfg. Co. - sold 1936,
part of a house at 708 No. Walsh Street, Carson City

historic 1872 coach #3 Kimball Mfg. Co.
on display at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

historic 1872 coach #4 Kimball Mfg. Co. - sold to Paramount Pictures in 1938;
restored in 1984; on display at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City

historic 1871 caboose #5 V&T Shops - out of service 1897; scrapped

historic 1871 caboose #6 V&T Shops - scrapped circa 1905

historic 1870 coach #7 V&T Shops - sold to Boca & Loyalton Rwy in 1902

historic 1869 coach #8 V&T Shops - rebuilt as work car in 1908 & 1915 & 1923; rebuilt as club car 'Julia Bullette' in 1945;
sold to MGM Studios in 1947; auctioned in 1970 & restored as coach #8; acquired by Nevada State Railroad Museum
in 1988; recently in use on V&T RR

historic 1873 side-door caboose #9 Kimball Mfg. Co. - converted to coach circa 1878,
to crew bunk car in 1908; rebuilt as caboose with cupola in 1924

historic 1873 side-door caboose #10 Kimball Mfg. Co. - rebuilt as full coach circa 1891; sold to Paramount Pictures
in 1938; restored 1975; acquired by Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1988

historic 1860s coach #11 J.G. Brill & Co. - sold to Paramount Pictures in 1938; back in Carson City by 1971; on display at Nevada State Railroad Museum
historic 1860s coach #12 J.G. Brill & Co. - sold to Paramount Pictures in 1938; back in Carson City by 1971; on display at Nevada State Railroad Museum

historic 1874 mail & baggage car #13 Oxford Car Co. - sold off 1942; currently owned by Storey County

historic 1874 express car #14 Oxford Car Co. - relettered for 'Railway Express Agency' in 1925; sold to Paramount Pictures
in 1938 (used in wreck scene for "Union Pacific" 1939 movie); purchased by Nevada in 1971; damaged by windstorm in 1980;
disassembled and in storage at Nevada State Railroad Museum

historic 1874 combine car #15 Detroit Car Co. - sold to Paramount Pictures in 1938; on display at Old Tucson Studios
and in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1970s; donated to Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1990

historic 1874 baggage & express car #16 Detroit Car Co. - sold for use at 1939 New York World's Fair; acquired by Pacific Coast
R&LHS in 1940; donated to California State Railroad Museum in 1969 & restored to 1875 appearance

historic 1868 CPRR director Crocker's private car #17 Central Pacific Railroad
historic 1890 coach #18 Barney & Smith Co. - in use 1940s
historic 1890's coach #19 Zelnicker & Co. - sold to MGM Studios in 1947; on display at Old Tuscon
historic 1906 express & mail car #20 (1st) V&T Shops
historic 1907 coach & baggage car #20 (2nd) Hicks Loco. & Car Co. - sold to MGM Studios in 1947;
on display at Orange Empire Railway Museum [est. 1956] in California
historic 1906 express & mail car #21 (1st) V&T Shops
historic 1907 express & mail & baggage car #21 (2nd) American Car & Foundry
historic 1911 Pullman express & mail car #23 - in use 1940s
historic 1900's caboose / coach #24 builder unknown
historic 1868 business / office combine car #25 built by Central Pacific RR

V&T RR Freight & Work Cars
N.C.B. red caboose #3 purchased in 1946, still in use
side-dump car #20
caboose #24
historic 1905 flanger #1 (hand-operated)
historic 1905 flanger #2 (air compressor-powered)
historic 1923 construction car #8 conversion at V&T shops
historic 1908 construction sleeper #9 conversion at V&T shops
historic 1875 derrick car #50 built by Wells, French & Co.
historic 1891 tunnel car #53 conversion at V&T shops
historic 1923 wrecking car #57 conversion at V&T shops
CB&Q red caboose 14379 on display
D&RGW red caboose 20041 on display
yellow diesel work unit with big green window at Virginia City 2014

Reading Material

Virginia & Truckee / Virginia City / Comstock Times book by Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg  "Virginia & Truckee: A Story of Virginia City and Comstock Times" [1949]
by Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg

64-page booklet with $1.00 cover price originally published by Graham H. Hardy
Nevada State RR Museum 8¾x5½ pb [1991] out of print/used
Howell-North Books 5th edition 8¾x6 pb [1963] out of print/used
Howell-North Books 8¾x6 pb [1963] out of print/used
Steamcars To The Comstock book by Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg  "Steamcars To The Comstock: The Virginia & Truckee Railroad and The Carson & Colorado Railroad" [1957] by Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg
Darwin Publns 1st edition pb [1957] out of print/used
Howell-North Books 3rd edition 11¼x8¼ hardcover [6/70] out of print/many used
Howell-North Books 3rd edition 11¼x8 hardcover [1963] out of print/used
Howell-North Books 1st edition hardcover [1957] out of print/used
recent color photograph of V&T 2-6-0 locomotive #20 'Tahoe' on stationary display at Strasbourg (usable book cover not found)  "Virginia & Truckee Locomotives" [1980]
by Karl R. Koenig

Chatham Publng 11x8½ pb [1980] out of print/used
{ click for larger view of photo }  
Silver Short Line / Virginia & Truckee Railroad book by Ted Wurm & Harre Demoro  
"The Silver Short Line: A History of The Virginia & Truckee Railroad" [1983]
by Ted Wurm & Harre Demoro

Interurban Press 11x8¾ hardcover [9/83] out of print/many used
Rebirth of The Virginia & Truckee Railroad book by Ted Wurm  "Rebirth of The Virginia & Truckee R. R.: Amazing Revival of A Steam Railroad"
[1992] by Ted Wurm

May-Murdoch Publng 9x6½ pb [7/92] out of print/40+ used

"Virginia & Truckee, The Bonanza Road" [Hundman Publishing, 1999] by Mallory Hope Ferrell
http://www.amazon.com/Virginia-Truckee-Mallory-Hope-Ferrell/dp/0945434693/

Official Guidebook of The Virginia & Truckee by Stephen E. Drew  "Official Guidebook of The Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Virginia City To Gold Hill To Carson City: Your Personal Onboard Guide To The V & T" [2011]
48-page booklet by Stephen E. Drew

Virginia & Truckee RR booklet [2011] out of print/scarce
Virginia City and The Big Bonanza book from Images of America  "Virginia City and The Big Bonanza (Images of America)" [2009]
by Ronald M. & Susan A. James

Arcadia Publng 9x6½ pb [3/2009] for $17.24
Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad book by Stephen E. Drew  "Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad (Images of Rail)" [2014]
by Stephen E. Drew

Arcadia Publng 9x6½ pb [3/2014] for $19.79

Films & TV, Other Media
chart of films featuring V&T locomotives at Northern Nevada Railway Foundation website
Jim Lohse's 'Virginia Truckee' channel on YouTube

"Union Pacific" [Paramount Pictures April 1939]
'Union Pacific' epic Western movie by Cecil B. DeMille  Paramount owned and used former Virginia & Truckee Railroad coaches #9, #10, #11, #12 & #14 (wreck scene), combine #15, and V&T locos #21 & #22; V&T loco #11 worked as U.P.R.R. #41, and V&T loco #18 worked as U.P.R.R. #119 'Jupiter'. After President Lincoln authorizes construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, a 'financial opportunist' decides to obstruct the railroad for personal gain; railroad trouble-shooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting the bad guy's agent as well as Indians on the warpath, and competing with a former friend for the construction foreman's daughter. An action-packed 135 minutes (road show length). Co-produced & directed by Cecil B. DeMille; based on the Ernest Haycox novel "Trouble Shooter"; starring Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, Lynne Overman, Brian Donlevy, Robert Barrat, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, Henry Kolker, Francis McDonald, Willard Robertson, Harold Goodwin, Evelyn Keyes, Richard Lane, William Haade, Regis Toomey, Fuzzy Knight, Lon Chaney Jr., Ward Bond, Lane Chandler, Iron Eyes Cody, Will Geer, Elmo Lincoln & Chief Thundercloud
Universal Vault Series b&w DVD-R [11/2014] for $13.48
Universal Studios b&w VHS [3/95] for $25.95
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
Trouble Shooter Western novel by Ernest Haycox  
"Trouble Shooter" Western novel [Doubleday, Doran & Co. 1936] by Ernest Haycox
The westward-building Union Pacific Railroad hires 'trouble shooter' Frank Peace to prevent trouble, and there is plenty of it!
Signet mass pb [1975] out of print/used
Popular Library mass pb [1952] out of print/used
Chivers N/A 8x5¼ hardcover [2/99] out of print/used

Virginia & Truckee Railroad Final Years on DVD  "The Virginia & Truckee Railroad: The Final Years" [2007]
43-minute video includes 1949 footage of cab-forward-powered Overland Limited meeting the Virginia & Truckee daily mixed train which departs for Virginia City; footage of an NHRS special excursion; and Otto Perry's May 1950 footage of final trains on the Minden Branch and to Carson City and Reno
Sunday River Prodns DVD [2007] for $38.95 + s/h via Amazon third party vendors
Virginia and Truckee Then and Now film by Jim Lohse  "Living Steam: Virginia and Truckee Then and Now" [TrainArts Jan 2008]
A 60-minute film by Jim Lohse, mostly taken at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, during the Nevada Railroad History Symposium weekend in September 2007; 'cast' includes V&T RR locomotive #22 Inyo and McCloud River RR locomotive #8
TrainArts color/b&w DVD [8/2012] for $17.95
credits at IMDb
Virginia and Truckee RR Reconstruction Project video  "The V & T Lives: The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Reconstruction Project"
[Northern Nevada Railway Foundation 2010]

1-hour color video of the twelve miles of new track laid for the V&T RR tourist operation since 2006, including the filling of the Overman Pit, re-opening of Tunnel #2, and the new overpass across the U.S. Highway 50 freeway
N.N.R.F. widescreen color HD DVD [2010] for $24.99 + $2.00 s/h

9/2014 Virginia & Truckee Railroad video by Edgar Martin [22:38]
some footage of engine #18 in action, but mostly audio of on-board narration


Image Gallery
dozens of historic V&TRR photos at Western Nevada Historic Photo Collection [est. 2008]

early/fancy logo/herald for Virginia & Truckee Railroad            mid-1900s logo/herald for Virginia & Truckee Railroad            modern/website logo for Virginia & Truckee Railroad

early route map of modern Virginia & Truckee Railroad (from Virginia City to Gold Hill)            nice photo of V&T locomotive #29 arriving in American Flat, outbound from Virginia City

nice photo of V&T locomotive #18 in service pulling two passenger cars            very nice color photo of smoking woodburner locomotive from the V&T website, probably engine #22 'Inyo'

V&T  Railroad  Links
Virginia & Truckee Railroad entry at Wikipedia
older official V&T RR website • newer official V&T RR website
official V&T RR history • official V&T RR 2014 brochure {6 color pages, 2.36MB .PDF file}

V&T Modelers 1869-1950 Yahoo Group [est. 9/2002] 240 members (2014)
V&T Modelers 1976 to present Yahoo Group [est. 9/2002] 120 members (2014)
Kent K's Virginia & Truckee fansite
Comstock Carshops {formerly VTRR.org} fansite
V&T history page at RailsWest
Virginia Private Railcars [est. 1984] based in Pioneer, CA

American Railroads Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
Railroad Film Festival Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
'Railroads in Fiction' Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
'Non-Fiction Books About Railroads' Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

A  Few  Important  People

journalist & railroad historian Lucius Beebe [1902-66] & photographer Charles M. Clegg, Jr. [1916-79]
lived in Virginia City from 1947 to 1961; revived the Territorial Enterprise newspaper, lived in a Victorian mansion,
and restored ornate railcars 'Gold Coast' and 'Virginia City'

Robert C. Gray [], source behind 1972 restoration of Virginia & Truckee Railroad
son Tom Gray, present head of restored Virginia & Truckee Railroad

co-founder Darius Ogden Mills [1825-1910] of San Francisco
grandson Ogden Livingston Mills [1884-1937], sole owner from 1933-1937

co-founder Sen. William Sharon [1821-86]
his legal battle was the inspiration for Eleazar Lipsky's novel "The Devil's Daughter" [1969]
Infamous King of The Comstock / William Sharon book by Michael J. Makley  
"The Infamous King of The Comstock: William Sharon and The
Gilded Age In The West" biography [2006] by Michael J. Makley

Univ Nevada Press 9x6 pb [3/2009] for $18.27
Univ Nevada Press 9x6 hardcover [1/2006] for $32.18

Henry M. Yerington [], Superintendent of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad from 1868 to 1910

here on G.E. Nordell's Virginia & Truckee Railroad Page

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