The Official Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Virginia City. Come experience Nevada’s Comstock silver mining history aboard the V & T train daily!
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|1.5 Hours Each Way • Carson City – Virginia City
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
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35-Minute Roundtrip • Virginia City – Gold Hill
7 trips Daily 10:30am through 4 pm
May 25 through October 31
|Starting just above the Carson River Canyon, the train runs along the west side of Mound House and across a spectacular railroad bridge over U.S. Hwy. 50, then picks up the historic, Comstock Era V & T route. Watch for mines, silver ore veins, maybe even wild mustangs, plus:• Tunnel No. 2 – 566 feet long.
• American Flat – site of a gold and silver mining town that lobbied to become the state capital, but disappeared when the ore did.
• Overman Pit Embankment – 300,000 cubic yards of fill rising 120 feet above the east side of the mining pit.
• Scales/water stop – 260,000 tons of ore were weighed here in one year (1876) and 40 trains a day picked up water.
• F Street Depot Car – the Virginia City end of this line, with a free shuttle to downtown C Street. You’ll have three hours to explore.
|Travel back to the bonanza days on the historic and scenic original Virginia & Truckee Railroad route. The V&T conductor tells the story of Nevada’s late 19th century mining boom, when the V&T was built and Virginia City was the richest city on earth, with more millionaires than anywhere else.Watch for exposed veins of silver ore and more, including:• Visit the original 1870 V & T passenger depot – Virginia City station, three blocks from downtown’s fascinating C Street, with free parking. • Tunnel No. 4 – the last tunnel before Virginia City, one of five built for the 1600-ft. descent to the valley floor.
• Comstock mines – transporting silver and gold from the mother lode to the mills was the original purpose of the V&T Railroad. During the ride, you’ll pass by eight mines including Hale & Norcross, Savage, Potosi, Chollar, Julia, Yellow Jacket, Crown Point and the Ward Bullion.
• Gold Hill – rich in history, where the Comstock Era gold strikes began and the train depot was built at one of the few flat places in town.
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