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Polar Express TrainTHE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
November 19 through December 22
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (with special runs the evenings of Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22; no rides on Thanksgiving). 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!

Buy Coach Tickets
$46/adult, $36/child (ages 3-12), children 2 and under who sit on an adult's lap are free

Buy VIP Tickets
$82/adult, $72/child

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THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

2016 Trains

Mother's Day Special
Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th, 2016 • 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.

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.

Grandparent's Day Train
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.


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.

4th of July Special
Saturday July 4th, 2015 • Steam Train Ride
Celebrate this 4th of July and enjoy spectacular scenery aboard the V&T Steam Engine along the "Sisters in History Route" between Carson City and Virginia City. Arrive just in time for the 4th of July parade in Virginia City, the historic site of a world-famous gold and silver mining boom; stroll along authentic board sidewalks, view historic churches, scores of 19th century homes, public buildings and plenty of shopping.

Roundtrip train departs Carson City Depot at 10:00am. Arrives in Virginia City for the parade. Return trip departs Virginia City at 3:00pm.We strongly recommend booking your ticket in Advance.

Dinner & Melodrama Train
Select Saturdays
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 Trains
Special Saturdays at 5:00pm
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 >>

877-724-5007   775-291-0208

Carson City Eastgate Depot
4650 Eastgate Siding Road
Carson City, Nevada 89701
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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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