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.
State Railroad Museum, Carson City, NV
Standard 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
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.
Pacific Railroad, Reno / Sparks / Reno Junction, NV
Photo Op at standard
gauge display, Sparks City Park en route to Reno Junction,
Hawley, and Portola.
Continue to California Westbound