A tale of 7 tunnels: The former Tunnel #5! The old V&T Virginia City Branch included 7 tunnels, 5 of which lined the route from Carson City to Virginia City. The last of these, and ... (more)
Glory Days. In a scene reminiscent of the glory days of the V&T, Locomotives 29 and 18 charge out the east portal of the "Yellow Jacket Tunnel", pouring gorgeous plumes into the desert sky.... (more)
First light over Scales. Morning cloud cover filters the mid-winter sunrise over Scales as the former McCloud River Railroad Mikado #18 hauls a cut of freight cars north toward Gold Hill an... (more)
Steamscape: Gold Hill. Both of the new V&T's steamers combine their muscle to haul a freight up the last mile and a half from Gold Hill to Virginia City on a chilly winter day. McCloud #18... (more)
Sunrise over Scales. Pre-dawn snow showers give way to clearing skies over Nevada's Comstock Region, as a V&T Freight winds its way north over the "crookedest shortline in America."
The ... (more)
Dear God, have mercy on me. The mountains are so high and my train is so small.
Steamscape: Historic Virginia City. You are looking north toward the very reason for the existence of the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad. This is Virginia City, Nevada. Built at 6,200... (more)
Historic Gold Hill Depot. Located only just a mile or so south of Virginia City is another relic of the Comstock mining boom: The town of Gold Hill. Unlike Virginia City, Gold Hill is jus... (more)
Steamscape: American Flat. A Virginia & Truckee freight heads compass west with the vast expanse of desert known as American Flat as a back-drop. The run from Carson City to Virgina City ... (more)
A tale of 7 tunnels: Tunnel #3 The reborn Virginia & Truckee Railroad puts on a display of mountain muscle as Locomotives 29 and 18 double-head a short freight past the remains of Tunnel #3... (more)
A tale of 7 tunnels: Tunnel #4. The Virginia & Truckee's Locomotive #29 bursts out of the east portal of Tunnel #4 with a freight headed for Virginia City.
Known as the "Yellow Jacket ... (more)
Steamscape: The Overman Pit. A V&T Freight, en route to Virginia City, Crosses the high fill on the edge of the Overman Pit, just after dawn on a cold winter morning.
Although the scene ... (more)
Steamscape: American Flat. The Virginia & Truckee Railway's Virginia City Train runs north (compass west) around the horseshoe curve, above the long-abandoned mill complex known as American... (more)
Historic Gold Hill Depot. The V&T Train from Mound House pulls away from the historic Gold Hill Depot, bound for Virginia City, roughly a mile and a half to the north. In the late 1800s an... (more)
Wheels, Rods, Lights and Mirrors: The California State Railroad Museum's dazzling display of V&T #13 "Empire" looks like something borrowed from a Detroit Auto Show.