V&T Commission

The V&T Commission.

In the early 1990s, V&T Railway enthusiasts along with Storey County, Carson City, and state officials began studying the possibility of reconstructing the historic rail line between Virginia City and Carson City. A financial study was commissioned, which indicated that the railroad was feasible, and the non-profit Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway was created to raise money for the project, estimated to cost $25 million when completed.

During the next decade, the railroad project made slow progress as the commission acquired right-of-way easements and financial commitments. Starting in 2005, the project—pun intended—picked up steam. The Nevada Department of Transportation awarded a $3.8 million contract to extend the railroad south from Gold Hill. The contract included filling in a huge open pit mine called the Overman Pit, which had blocked previous efforts to lengthen the railroad (the pit had been dug after the railroad was abandoned). Funding for this was provided by a 2% increase in room tax by the CCCVB. Additionally, the commission purchased a 1914 Baldwin steam locomotive from a defunct Northern California tourist railroad for $420,000.

The Nevada Legislature provided $500,000 in additional funds to help keep the project going while the Department of Transportation donated a railroad bridge formerly used in Southern Nevada for a crossing over U.S. 50.

The Legislature also granted Carson City permission to raise its sales tax by one-eighth of a cent to fund a big portion of the remaining expenses. The CCCVB and Storey County have also pledged additional funds annually. The reconstructed railroad closely follows the original railroad right-of-way between Virginia City and Carson City. The ride incorporates the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company’s 2.5 miles of existing track from Virginia City to the Gold Hill Depot. From there, crosses the filled-in Overman Pit and continue through American Flat, a former mining mill district, before reaching U.S. 50 near Mound House. The route crosses the highway and enters the Carson River Canyon area, where it winds along the banks of the river.

Eastgate Depot
4650 Eastgate Siding Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1711
Carson City, Nevada 89702

V&T Railway Commissioners FY 2019

Stan Jones
Governor’s Appointee

Marshall McBride
Storey County Appointee

Mike Santos
Carson City Culture & Tourism Authority Appointee

Deny Dotson
Virginia City Tourism Commission Appointee

Nick Marano
Carson City Appointee

Contracted Services

General Manager of Operations
Elaine Barkdull-Spencer, Zephyr Communications of NV

Marketing/Public Relations
Molly Ellery, Argentum Partners

Legal Counsel
Michael Smiley Rowe, Law Offices of Michael S. Rowe

Engineering Services
Ken Dorr, KL Dorr Consulting LLC

Train Services
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company
Thomas Gray

To receive monthly meeting agendas of the Nevada Commission for the Reconstruction of the V&T Railway call 775-686-9037.

V&T Railway Commission June 2018

V&T Railway Commission July 2018

V&T Railway Commission August 2018

V&T Railway Commission October 25, 2018 Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

V&T Railway Commission January 31, 2019

V&T Railway Commission February 28, 2019 Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

VT Railway Commission March 28, 2019 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission April 25, 2019 Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

V&T Railway Commission May 30, 2019 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission June 27, 2019 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission July 25, 2019 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission September 26, 2019 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission October 31, 2019 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission January 30, 2020 Meeting

V&T Railway Audit Meeting February 20, 2020

V&T Railway Commission February 27, 2020 Meeting

V&T Railway Commission March 26, 2020 Meeting - Cancelled