The great western steam up just celebrated its 150 anniversaries of the Virginia and Truckee railroads. Below is a little history of the railroad. If you would like the full article, click here.
The rail line arrived in the new town of Minden in 1907. By the 1930s, the silver boom had ended and much of the V&T rolling stock was sold to Hollywood for use in the film industry. A three-volley shotgun salute and bugler playing taps played out the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Engine No. 27 in Minden on May 31, 1950. Five-dozen passengers packed the last trip, according to The Record-Courier as Carson Valley said farewell to the railroad, which connected Minden to the rest of the world for just over 40 years. (Source)
The Great Western Steam Up
Around a quarter century, before the Virginia & Truckee Railroad was extended south to Minden, another rail line was operating in Douglas County. Two locomotives operated by the Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fleming Co. transported logs from the lumber mill at Glenbrook to Spooner Summit where they took a flume ride down to the Carson City lumber yards. Both the Tahoe and the Glenbrook are on display at this weekend’s Great Western Steam Up at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. (Source)
“We wanted it to be a kinetic experience, so everything there is operating. It’s not a typical museum experience where everything is what we call ‘stuffed and mounted.’ A lot of this is working artifacts, so you can hear it, smell it, taste it, and feel it,”- Todd Moore, president of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum
Source: Humphrey, JT. “Great Western Steam up Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Virginia & Truckee.” Serving Minden-Gardnerville and Carson Valley, 1 July 2022, https://www.recordcourier.com/news/2022/jul/01/great-western-steam-celebrates-150th-anniversary-v/.