V&T Railroad

Coming November 2017

Tickets on sale August 2017
Departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot.

During the holiday season, characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life, with a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family. VIP parlor car tickets also available!

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Get Discounted Room Rates at Area Hotels!
Stay in Carson City when you ride THE POLAR EXPRESS™

Turn your ride on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ into a fun weekend of exploration in Carson City, with its rich history, shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, museums, and cultural and art centers. Our partners below offer a discounted room rate to those who ride THE POLAR EXPRESS™ and book their stay to coincide with the day of their ride.

Courtyard Marriott Carson City
Located in the heart of the Carson Valley, next door to Casino Fandango and Galaxy Cineplex.
Special: Standard Single King for $104/night; Standard Double Queen for $114/night. (Breakfast not included.) Must show proof of purchase of 2016 tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™.
Contact hotel for availability (775) 887-9900 Website

Plaza Hotel and Event Center
Located in the heart of downtown Carson City, walking distance to historic sites and the Nevada State Museum.
Special: Double-Queen room starting at $59/night, includes continental breakfast.
Contact hotel for availability (888) 227-1499 Website

Wyndham Garden Carson City Max Casino
Located near the historic State Capitol building and charming downtown district.
Standard room starting at $79/night, plus get $10 off a meal (one discount per room) at the Black Bear Diner. Must show ticket or receipt for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.
Contact hotel for availability (775) 883-0900 Website

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"We rode THE POLAR EXPRESS™ in 2011 and have just booked reservations again for 2012. Ten of us…three generations ages 9 yrs to 71 yrs. What a wonderful experience and the beginning of a new Christmas tradition. Such a joy for all aboard to be in the same festive frame of mind. Compliments to the staff (depot, tents, and the train) who were very well prepared and were thoroughly enjoying their roles.”
– Georgeson/Hendrix family
"We went last year, our daughter was 3 1/2 and we all loved it. We watched the movie just hours before going on the ride, so our daughter felt like she really was a part of THE "REAL" POLAR EXPRESS™. We are planning on doing it every year as a family tradition."
– Brooke Vierra
"Thank you for providing such a wonderful experience for my girls to take a trip to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. It was so much fun and we thoroughly enjoyed it."
– Lynch family

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Carson City Eastgate Depot
4650 Eastgate Siding Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
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Jeff Dow

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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.

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