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    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.

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    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.

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    Greatest ride ever!!

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    Excellent trip to Gold Hill. Have done it a couple times now. Looking forward to trying the run to Carson City.

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    The train depot in Virginia city is great for the kids.