Bound for Carson City. One of only 2 remaining operable steam locomotives from the famed Virginia & Truckee shortline, the V&T #25 hauls a short excursion train around the loop at the Nevad... (more)
Railway above the clouds. With a sea of lingering morning clouds in the valley just below her, the former McCloud Railway #18 hauls a short freight across the fill that spans the eastern e... (more)
The "V" in V&T. A southbound V&T Freight departs the little city on the hill that puts the "V" in V&T. This is the legendary Virginia City, once known as the "Ri... (more)
"Tunneling" to Virginia City. A V&T freight double-header bursts out of the east portal of the "Yellow Jacket Tunnel", with V&T #29 in the lead, and #18 playing the rol... (more)
Steamscape - Hayward's Siding. V&T #29 claws her way past the south switch at Hayward's Siding, with a short freight bound for Gold Hill and Virginia City. Historically, Hayward's Siding ... (more)
Passing the pit. In the midst of a long, steady climb out of Carson City, the former McCloud #18 lifts the pops as she hauls a short freight past the gaping Overman Pit, en route to Gold Hi... (more)
A tale of 7 tunnels: The former Tunnel #5! The old V&T Virginia City Branch included 7 tunnels, 5 of which lined the route from Carson City to Virginia City. The last of these, and ... (more)
Glory Days. In a scene reminiscent of the glory days of the V&T, Locomotives 29 and 18 charge out the east portal of the "Yellow Jacket Tunnel", pouring gorgeous plumes into the desert sky.... (more)
First light over Scales. Morning cloud cover filters the mid-winter sunrise over Scales as the former McCloud River Railroad Mikado #18 hauls a cut of freight cars north toward Gold Hill an... (more)
Steamscape: Gold Hill. Both of the new V&T's steamers combine their muscle to haul a freight up the last mile and a half from Gold Hill to Virginia City on a chilly winter day. McCloud #18... (more)
Sunrise over Scales. Pre-dawn snow showers give way to clearing skies over Nevada's Comstock Region, as a V&T Freight winds its way north over the "crookedest shortline in America."
The ... (more)
Dear God, have mercy on me. The mountains are so high and my train is so small.
Steamscape: Historic Virginia City. You are looking north toward the very reason for the existence of the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad. This is Virginia City, Nevada. Built at 6,200... (more)
Historic Gold Hill Depot. Located only just a mile or so south of Virginia City is another relic of the Comstock mining boom: The town of Gold Hill. Unlike Virginia City, Gold Hill is jus... (more)
Steamscape: American Flat. A Virginia & Truckee freight heads compass west with the vast expanse of desert known as American Flat as a back-drop. The run from Carson City to Virgina City ... (more)