Railway Pages Index


California - Nevada Circle Tour

This leg of the tour tales us from Yosemite, via Tioga Pass and Mono Lake, to Carson City, Virginia City, Reno/Sparks, and on to Donner Pass back into California.

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, NV
tandard gauge steam train ride and tour of facilities. The grounds and museum are impeccable, but poor lighting inside the museum doesn't allow good photos. Most interesting feature is a gallows style turntable and the beautifully restored locomotives inside.







Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Virginia City, NV
Standard gauge diesel train ride (2-8-0 steamer was being rebuilt) and tour of old-west buildings and mining operations. Short ride through 4 tunnels, past several abandoned Comstock silver mines, on the right of way first cleared in 1868. Virginia City is a tourist trap of the first kind and has no other purpose today.





Southern Pacific Railroad, Reno / Sparks / Reno Junction, NV
Photo Op at standard gauge display, Sparks City Park en route to Reno Junction, Hawley, and Portola.





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