|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 and museum- 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:• Board from the original 1870 V & T passenger depot and museum – Virginia City station, three blocks from downtown’s fascinating C Street, with free parking. • go thru Tunnel No. 4 – the last tunnel before Virginia City, one of seven built for the 1600-ft. descent to the valley floor. • Comstock mines – During the ride, you’ll pass by many mine sites including the Gould & Curry, Savage, Hale & Norcross, Potosi, Chollar, Julia, Ward Bullion, East Yellow Jacket, Crown Point, Kentuck, Yellow Jacket, Combination and the Foreman. • explore Gold Hill – rich in American history, where the Comstock Era gold and silver strikes began in 1859. See the train depot, the Liberty Engine fire company monument, dine at the 1859 Gold Hill Hotel and see the early Bank of California building and the Maynard Block.