Virginia and Truckee Railroad Virginia City
Where are we going today?
Choo Choo! All aboard, not only is it history time but it's TRAIN journey time for the whole family!
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad lets the whole family enjoy a fun historic journey from Virginia City in Nevada, all the way to Carson City.
It's been called one of the Great Scenic Railway Journeys!
The 35 minute round trip from Virginia City to Gold Hill operates from May to October, and you don't have to reserve - just hop on board!
The journey will take you back to the bonanza days as you enjoy the historic and very scenic Virginia & Truckee Railroad route...and it's original too!
Along the way, the very informative V&T conductor will tell the story of the state's late 19th century mining boom. At that time, Virginia City was one of the richest cities on the entire planet - how amazing is that!
Kids can learn all about how the V&T was build, and why there were so many millionaires in the area!
Your journey will start from the ORIGINAL 1870 V&T passenger depot and museum, so before you even climb aboard you will be learning.
Then, you will journey through tunnels, past mining sites, and then get to explore Gold Hill, rich in American history!
Kids will get a kick out of experiencing all of that history, as well as riding the very cool locomotive!
Don't forget your camera - you will need it! All aboard!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$10 Diesel and $12.50 Steam trains.
- Children$5 / $6 Ages 5 to 12
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
Departs 7 times a day
May 24 to October 31st
If you want to take the students, why not give them a call to see how they can help you with your group trip!.
Grab something to eat before you jump on board - there are plenty of options in Virginia City! .
There are healthy eating options in the city, but why not bring your own healthy bars and bottled water .
Any Top Tips?
Occasionally they have theme trains and events in Virginia City so keep an eye out!.
Doing our bit
History comes to life with this fascinating railroad! They have preserved the railroad and the stories behind it. Now it can be enjoyed well into the future!.
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call to see what accessibility the trains have .
They have another historic trip from Carson City to Virginia City, which is 1.5 one way, but part of a round trip if you want.
What people are saying?
by Chelsea Madren
The F Street 1870 V&T Depot looks much like a train station would have looked like in the old west with benches on the outside and interior waiting room for winter days and museum with historical finds like stock certificates and antique wood burning stove. You can also purchase souvenirs in the shop as well. As 10:30am approached, the sound of a steam whistle sounded off in the distance. Just around the bend a steam trail plumed into the sky as the train came into view. There is nothing like watching Train #29 pull into the station, chugging and...Read More
by Utah Rail
I have not been to Virginia City for a while, I would suggest the short ride from Virginia City if you only have an hour, but if you have all day and don't mind walking around Virginia City without your car, then to the long trip. Either trip gives you some great views.
by Donna Bacus
Greatest ride ever!!
by Blake MacKenzie
Excellent trip to Gold Hill. Have done it a couple times now. Looking forward to trying the run to Carson City.
by Jeff Plaza
The train depot in Virginia city is great for the kids.
by Chelsea Madren
The F Street 1870 V&T Depot looks much like a train station would have looked like in the old west with benches on the outside and interior waiting room for winter days and museum with historical finds like stock certificates and antique wood burning stove. You can also purchase souvenirs in the shop as well. As 10:30am approached, the sound of a steam whistle sounded off in the distance. Just around the bend a steam trail plumed into the sky as the train came into view. There is nothing like watching Train #29 pull into the station, chugging and puffing, as it slowed to a halt. I felt like I was in an old west movie. The engineers and conductor were dressed in period costumes to make it more realistic.
As the conductor yelled, "All aboard!" everyone started to line up to get a seat in either the covered car or open top car that looked like it was once used for storing wood or coal for the engine. The 35-minute round trip tour includes narration from the conductor and these sights:
* Tunnel No. 4 is the last tunnel before Virginia City, one of seven built for the 1600-ft. descent to the valley floor
* Comstock mines including the Gould & Curry, Savage, Hale & Norcross, Potosi, Chollar, Julia, Ward Bullion, East Yellow Jacket, Crown Point, Kentuck, Yellow Jacket, Combination, and the Foreman.
* Gold Hill is where the Comstock Era gold and silver strikes began in 1859. You can see the Liberty Engine fire company monument, dine at the 1859 Gold Hill Hotel, see the early Bank of California building and the Maynard Block.
I would suggest getting tickets for the first trip out at 10:30am as the train gets busier later in the day.