Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada (Images of Rail Series)

Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada (Images of Rail Series)

by Stephen E. Drew

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Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada (Images of Rail Series) by Stephen E. Drew


The Virginia & Truckee is the most famous short line railroad in American history. Brainchild of William Sharon and the Bank of California, the V&T hauled the silver and gold ore, the cordwood, and the mining timbers that made the 1870s “Big Bonanza” a reality. From the state capital at Carson City, V&T rails stretched 66 miles to Virginia City, Reno, and Minden, Nevada. Serving the transportation needs of the Comstock’s nearly 40,000 inhabitants, the V&T remained in operation until 1950. The enormously successful railroad paid its early owners handsome dividends. The V&T’s ornate locomotives and cars have starred in hundreds of Hollywood productions and are now preserved in US museums. Since 1976, fourteen miles of the railroad have been restored to operation. The Virginia & Truckee has become an enduring legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467131056
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Series: Images of Rail Series
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 646,553
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


With 45 years invested in research, author Stephen E. Drew is the leading historian on Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad. He draws on interviews with former employees and old-timers to convey the rich 80-year history of the line and its rebirth beginning in 1976. The remarkable images are drawn from the attics and photo albums of Nevada families and private collectors throughout the country.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 In the Beginning 9

2 The Big Bonanza 21

3 A Controlling Combination 33

4 Boom and Bust 45

5 The Frugal Nineties 57

6 A New Century 67

7 Inroads of the 1920s, Beginning the Long Decline 81

8 The Railway Hangs On 95

9 The Final Years 107

10 An Enduring Legend 119

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