Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Virginia City, Nevada: V and T Railroad
The V&T Railroad is something of a throwback. One train goes from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back, a 4-mile round trip. There's a real steam engine pulling the two passenger cars (one open, one closed) along. It takes about 35 minutes for the whole trip, which is about right, since that gives a nice way to see the countryside as it looks today. Riders even get to go through a tunnel. One warning: you might run into some outlaws who are robbing money (and making bad jokes) for charity, so bring a couple of extra singles along for the ride.
The short run has been so popular that the railroad has added a train to Carson City. That one takes 90 minutes or so one way, and makes a couple of runs a day.