V&T Railroad


Railway Equipment
Learn about what equipment we operate at V&T Railway.

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is a standard-gauge railroad originally constructed in 1869, costing $1,750,000 (not counting rolling stock and buildings), for the purpose of hauling ore, lumber and wood, and silver mined in the area for the Comstock Lode. After years of declining revenue, V&T's last run was on May 31, 1950. In 1972, railroad enthusiast Robert Gray began its rebuild, laying the first tie in 1972 on a trackbed over 100 years old. And in August 1976, steam train service returned to Virginia City. Read more V&T history

Coal-Fired Steam Locomotives

Virginia & Truckee No. 29
1916 Baldwin 2-8-0 Consolidation

The McCloud No. 18
1914 Mikado 2-8-2

Diesel Engine

Ex-US Army GE 80 ton diesel


Some facts from Rebirth of the Virginia & Truckee R.R.: Amazing Revival of a Steam Railroad by Ted Wurm


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For nearly twenty years the V&T was a major political and economic factor in the growth and development of Western Nevada and Eastern California. During the late 1870s, V&T stockholders divided handsome dividends in excess of $100,000 monthly. Additional financial returns provided the capital for nearly 40 other V&T-affiliated concerns. The 300-mile Carson & Colorado Railroad was built from Mound House, Nevada, to Keeler, California, and was operated by principals of the V&T from 1880 to 1900. V&T dividends funded the establishment of Hawthorne, Nevada, the Hawthorne Water Works, lumbering operations at Lake Tahoe and Southern Nevada, the Columbus Wagon Road to Bodie, a large soda plant at Keeler, and dozens of mining ventures at Aurora, Bodie, Hawthorne, Candelaria, Belleville, Columbus, and Cerro Gordo.

*V&T Railroad, Virginia & Truckee R.R. logo and "Queen of the Shortlines"SM used by permission of Virginia & Truckee Railroad Co., Virginia City, Nevada.