On track with summer vacation, the historic V&T Railroad (vtrailway.com) now offers adventure-seeking children 12 and under the chance to climb aboard and ride a diesel train for free every Friday throughout the summer.
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Children and grandkids can take a free trip back in time to Nevada’s Old West between Carson City and Virginia City on the diesel trains.
Young riders will gain memories to last a lifetime on their round-trip journey along the original route of the famous V&T Railroad. As they pass historical mines and cemeteries, passengers will catch views of the Sierra and sometimes wild horses.
The railroad trip is fully narrated to provide adults and kids a glimpse of what it was like to live and travel in the 1800s.
A stop in Virginia City offers plenty of cowboys, gunfights, Victorian ladies, ice cream parlors and Old West history.
To see a current calendar of events go to visitvirginiacitynv.com. The regular season steam train rides continue Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 20.
The round trip Friday summer train ride offer is available now through Sept. 6 with online ticket purchases using the code: “kidsfree.” (One free ticket, per paying adult, is available with online purchases only).
Tickets are $32 for adults and $29 for veterans and seniors. To buy tickets go to vtrailway.com.
The trains run weekends through October from Carson City to Virginia City, providing travelers with plenty of Old West history and lore, spectacular scenery, dining and shopping. These weekend iron horses feature a 1916 Baldwin Consolidation 2-8-0 or a 1914 Baldwin-Built Mikado 2-8-2 steam engine leading three 1914 Pullman cars.
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad travels 16 miles between Carson City and Virginia City along the same route made famous during the area’s roaring 1860s Comstock silver boom.