"The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built to serve the Comstock Lode mining communities of northwestern Nevada," according to Wikipedia. "At its height, the railroad's route ran from Reno south to Carson City.
"In Carson City, the mainline split into two branches. One branch continued south to Minden, while the other branch traveled east to Virginia City.
"The first section constructed from Virginia City to Carson City was constructed commencing in 1869 to haul ore, lumber and supplies for the Comstock Lode."
With the booms long since busted, declining revenue forced the V&T's closure.
"Much of the rail infrastructure was pulled up and sold, along with the remaining locomotives and railcars," according to Wikipedia.
"In the 1970s, with public interest in historic railroads on the rise, the old lines were rebuilt by private investors, with an eye toward re-opening the lines.
"Today, the privately owned Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company operates as a heritage railroad, headquartered in Virginia City.
The present route is 14.1 miles long. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad owns and uses the service mark 'Queen of the Short Lines.'"
Wikipedia said V&T runs seven trains a day from Memorial Day until Oct. 31. My lovely wife and I had the privilege of riding the V&T's steam engine train and it is an experience I will never forget. We had lots of fun, and we even saw wild horses.
© Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons