city from above

Fires ravaged Virginia City many times in the past. After the 1875 fire, the entire center of town was rebuilt within an 18-month timeframe.
Learn about Virginia City's history

V&T Railroad Ride and Tour

I hear that train a comin’!

The scenic railroad was rebuilt in 1974 and operates daily, summertime tours from Virginia City to historic Gold Hill and also offers weekend tours on the new extended route from Carson City to Virginia City using century old, ornate, open and closed passenger cars- powered by hard working steam and heritage diesel locomotives. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is the most famous of all American Short Line railroads. Construction began in 1869 and in the ensuing 74 years the busy mountain railroad hauled millions of dollars in gold and silver ore from the mines deep below Virginia City. As many as 45 trains a day departed from Virginia City for Gold Hill, Silver City, Carson City and Reno where trains such as the “Lighting Express” connected with the newly constructed transcontinental railroad. The V & T was later extended to Minden, Nevada. For train schedules and more information visit 

The V&T Railroad Virginia City Depot is located at 166 F Street.

Website for Carson City - Virginia City route:

Day Out With Thomas

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This fall, fans big and small of the popular “Thomas & Friends” television show can experience a Day Out With Thomas™ at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in historic Virginia City, Nevada. 

A Day Out With Thomas™ gives children and their families a chance to take a 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and to meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Explore the Imagination Station Caboose, create colorful memories in the Coloring Caboose, dine at the P. B. & J. Pullman car and have fun with plenty of other Thomas-themed activities including motor car rides and putt putt golf at Sudor Island. Children can collect a Thomas tattoo, an engineer license and have their passport stamped. There is time to listen to expert storytelling and watch the latest Thomas videos in the V & T’s 1870 waiting room.