Virginia & Truckee Railroad Railfan Spectacular

all prices & options are per person

2024 - tour - pricing

Year - 2024

date oct 8 - 10

This Tour Is Open -

Tour Type - railfan

option 1 - three day oct 8-10

$870 - Double Room Occupancy

$965 - single room

option 2 $645 - one day oct 9

including box lunch

$400 - Deposit To Hold Space

We will continue to accept bookings after July 9, 2024

Final Payment Due By - jul 9 2024

2024 - tour - Details

about this tour

The Virginia & Truckee is by far the most famous of all American short lines. In its heyday, as many as 45 trains per day arrived and departed Virginia City. U.S. presidents and dignitaries from the world over rode the ornate V&T trains. Completed in 1869, the V&T R.R. hauled millions of dollars in gold and silver ore from the mines of Virginia City. Today, 80 years after the last train left the Comstock, the old V&T is back in operation.

Come spend the day with us as we operate our charter photo passenger train pulled by steam locomotive No. 18, a Baldwin 2-8-2 built in 1914 for the McCloud River Railway. Early morning we board our train in Virginia City for the 16 mile deadhead down the mountain to the Eastgate Carson City Station. You are welcome to board at Eastgate too. Here No. 18 will take water and run around our train. We then start the long climb up the mountain to Virginia City spending the day making scenic and spectacular photo run-bys. We are planning on making around 15 photo stops and run-bys. Note: No. 18 is being repaired but is expected to be ready by October. If she is not then V&T No. 29 will be used. Upon arrival back in Virginia City workshop visit.

2024 - tour - Itinerary

day by day - Itinerary

option 1

Day 1 - tue oct 8

Board Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr at Emeryville for the journey over Donner Pass in the High Sierra to Reno, Nevada. Train No. 6 is scheduled to depart Emeryville at 8:25am and arrive Reno at 3:37pm. Hotel check-in and relax and enjoy Reno for the evening.

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Day 2 - wed oct 9

Early morning transfer by highway from your downtown Reno hotel to Virginia City. Upon arrival in Virginia City board our charter train for the run down the mountain to the Eastgate Station which is a few miles from Carson City. Here the steam locomotive will take water and run-around our train. We then spend the rest of the day onboard our charter train making the steep climb up the mountain back to Virginia City. We plan on making about 15 photo run-bys between Eastgate and Virginia City. Upon arrival at Virginia City you are welcome to explore the workshops and yards of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Then we return to your hotel in downtown Reno.

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Day 3 - thur oct 10

Board Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr for the journey back over Donner Pass. Train No. 5 is scheduled to depart Reno at 9:24am and arrive in Emeryville at 4:57pm.

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option 2

Day 1 - wed oct 9

With this one day option to ride our charter train you are welcome to board at Virginia City early morning on October 9 and ride the deadhead run down the mountain to the Eastgate Station or board the train at Eastgate for the oneway journey back up the mountain to Virginia City making about 15 photo run-bys. Upon arrival at Virginia City you are welcome to explore the workshops and yards of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

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Tour Pricing:

All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee (The 3% fee has been suspended until further notice) will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.