Steam Siphon in Action. Fireman Martin Hansen checks the level in the water tank on Mt. Emily Shay #1, as the locomotive's steam siphon draws water from the Lytle Creek and pours it into th... (more)
Haulin' empties. The 90-ton Mt. Emily Lumber Company Shay #1 rumbles across the bridge spanning US Route 26, hauling a short string of empty log bunks toward the nearby town of Prineville, ... (more)
A sunny oasis in an otherwise stormy state. A deck of high cirrus clouds is starting to break as a Mt. Emily Lumber Company Shay and a string of log bunks travels eastbound past some of the... (more)
With the the State Route 341 Overpass just ahead, a northbound V&T freight is but a few hundred yards from making its entrance into Virginia City on a crystal clear February afternoon.
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)
A tale of 7 tunnels: Tunnel #3 The reborn Virginia & Truckee Railroad puts on a display of mountain muscle as Locomotives 29 and 18 double-head a short freight past the remains of Tunnel #3... (more)
A tale of 7 tunnels: Tunnel #4. The Virginia & Truckee's Locomotive #29 bursts out of the east portal of Tunnel #4 with a freight headed for Virginia City.
Known as the "Yellow Jacket ... (more)