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Season Opening 2016
Memorial Weekend • May 28th-29th, 2016 • Steam Train Rides
The season's first steam train officially departs from the Carson City Depot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 and again the following morning. Arrive early for live music, mimosas and free face painting for children, then enjoy a relaxing and scenic ride to Virginia City, where dining, shopping and Old West history abound.

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Wild West Wine Run - Partnership with the Nevada State Fair
Saturday June 11th, 2016 • Steam Train Ride
A special celebration with the Nevada State Fair: Indulge and relax with a vintage train ride down to the Carson River Canyon. Enjoy snacks with a glass of white wine and beautiful river canyon views. Special guests: Naughty Tea Mistresses of Nevada. Arrive at the Carson City Depot at 4:30pm. Train leaves the Depot at 5:00pm and returns around 6:00pm.
We strongly recommend booking your ticket in advance.

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Father's Day Weekend
Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th, 2016 • Steam Train Rides
Celebrate this Father's Day weekend with the entire family by taking Dad out for a fun-filled day on the V&T Railroad. A professional photo to remember your special day is included.

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Dinner & Melodrama Train
Select Saturdays (July 30th, August 13th, September 10th) • Steam Train Ride
Sit back, relax and enjoy an entertaining melodrama while riding a steam train into Carson River Canyon. After the 45-minute excursion, join us at our new depot for dinner and a drink.


Toast of the Canyon Wine Tasting Train
Special Saturdays (June 25th, July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, October 15th)5:00pm • Steam Train Ride
Enjoy wine and appetizers as you travel on a 45-minute trip south of the Carson City Depot into the Carson River Canyon. Glimpse a part of the route not seen every day. The track winds past scenic views of the river and the canyon walls. Bring your cameras, as there will be opportunities to photograph the "Iron Horse" as it steams by the passenger cars to re-attach to the train to pull it back up out of the canyon. Listen as the engineer blows the whistle and the echoes bounce off the canyon walls. The Saturday Canyon Trains follow the all day, roundtrip steam train rides from Carson City to Virginia City. At the end of that run, the same train continues south of the Carson City depot into the canyon. Route Map >>

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Grandparent's Day Train
September 11th, 2016 • Steam Train Ride
Make this Grandparent's Day a time to remember by taking your grandparents out on a fun-filled day on the V&T Railroad.

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Polar Express TrainTHE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Coming November 17th - December 23rd, 2016
Departs from the Carson City Eastgate Depot.

During the holiday season, characters, entertainment and Santa bring the story to life, with a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. The one-hour long rides are fun for the whole family. VIP parlor car tickets also available! More Info >>
THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

2017 Trains

Mother's Day Special
Saturday May 13th and Sunday May 14th, 2017 • Diesel Train Rides
Every Mom receives a long stem rose! Enjoy a special pre-season diesel train ride with Mom. Virginia City has many options for brunch and shopping for that special gift. Spectacular scenery and authentic Wild West history.

877-724-5007   775-291-0208

Carson City Eastgate Depot
4650 Eastgate Siding Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
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Photography by
Peter Anthony Lerro, III  
Jeff Dow

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For nearly twenty years the V&T was a major political and economic factor in the growth and development of Western Nevada and Eastern California. During the late 1870s, V&T stockholders divided handsome dividends in excess of $100,000 monthly. Additional financial returns provided the capital for nearly 40 other V&T-affiliated concerns. The 300-mile Carson & Colorado Railroad was built from Mound House, Nevada, to Keeler, California, and was operated by principals of the V&T from 1880 to 1900. V&T dividends funded the establishment of Hawthorne, Nevada, the Hawthorne Water Works, lumbering operations at Lake Tahoe and Southern Nevada, the Columbus Wagon Road to Bodie, a large soda plant at Keeler, and dozens of mining ventures at Aurora, Bodie, Hawthorne, Candelaria, Belleville, Columbus, and Cerro Gordo.

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