The Virginia and Truckee Railroad is celebrating 40 years of operation and, boy, does it look good. Way back in 1938, Robert C. Gray was a passenger on the last trek V&T took from Carson City. Shortly after that, the train ceased operation. Fortunately for current generations, it’s back and better than ever, thanks to Gray.
“Following that last ride in 1938, the rails were torn up and the route to Virginia City abandoned, some thought for all time,” Tom Gray, owner of the V&T Railroad, said. “Shortly afterward, now 35 years old, my dad began acquiring the old right of way and started rebuilding the legendary V&T. It was an impressive task and one he accomplished with great pride. On July 2, 1976 he reopened the line with vintage steam trains and original V&T equipment, just in time for the Nation’s bicentennial celebrations. And we’ve been proudly running the trains and keeping the tradition alive since.”
Visitors to Virginia City today can enjoy the 35 minute ride and relive some of the great history of the Comstock and the American West in its heyday. The train goes from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back, seven times a day. Tickets for the train are $10 for adult fares on diesel trains and $12.50 for steam trains. Children ages 5-12 are $5 and under 5 years ride for free. Comfortable shoes and clothing are advised. Parking is free.