On Mother’s Day, give Mom a window seat back in time with a tour of the Wild West aboard the Virginia and Truckee Railroad (vtrailway.com/), Sunday, May 12.
This special edition train ride from Nevada’s capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City, will provide Mom with a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery.
Retracing the famous Comstock-era right-of-way, the historic train travels the same silver route paved by miners of that time. The ride features scenic vistas of the Carson River and majestic Sierra Nevada, with engines passing through two tunnels, abandoned mine shafts and old cemeteries along countryside where sightings of wild mustangs are routine. The V&T Railroad’s 16 miles of track reopened in August 2009 after 70 years of non-operation.
The Mother’s Day train features a 1953 ALCO heritage diesel locomotive leading 100-year-old Pullman coaches displaying the distinctive yellow and green of the V&T.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $31 seniors and $20 for children ages 3 to 16. Toddlers and infants are free when they sit on a parent’s lap. Tickets can be purchased online at vtrailway.com or by calling 877-724-5007.
The regular V&T season begins May 25 when round-trip steam trains begin full operation. Weekend trains feature a 1916 Baldwin Consolidation 2-8-0 or a 1914 Baldwin-Built Mikado 2-8-2 steam engine leading three 1914 Pullman cars.
Trains depart Carson City to Virginia City on Saturday and Sundays at 10 a.m. Tickets are $48 per adult, $42 for veterans and seniors 65-plus, $28 for children ages 3 to 16 and toddlers and infants are free.