Arcadia Publishing will be publishing a new 126 page book in early April 2014 -- Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad by Stephen E. Drew -- as part of their Images of Rail series.
The Virginia & Truckee is the most famous short line railroad in American history. Brainchild of William Sharon and the Bank of California, the V&T hauled the silver and gold ore, the cordwood, and the mining timbers that made the 1870s “Big Bonanza” a reality. From the state capital at Carson City, V&T rails stretched 66 miles to Virginia City, Reno, and Minden, Nevada. Serving the transportation needs of the Comstock’s nearly 40,000 inhabitants, the V&T remained in operation until 1950. The enormously successful railroad paid its early owners handsome dividends. The V&T’s ornate locomotives and cars have starred in hundreds of Hollywood productions and many are now preserved at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.
Author Stephen E. Drew is the leading historian on Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad. He draws on interviews with former employees and old-timers to convey the rich 80-year history of the line and its rebirth beginning in 1976. The remarkable images are drawn from the attics and photo albums of Nevada families and private collectors throughout the country.
John Walker and his staff of vibrant volunteers are taking preorders at the Museum store, 775-687-6953 Ext. 231 (Thursday-Monday). The price is $21.99 retail. Museum members price is $18.70. If you want it shipped, add $2.53 for Media Mail (padded envelope). You may also order online at nevadamuseumstores.org
The Friends are excited that the two open positions, Curator of Education and Museum Attendant, in the Museum staff have been filled. Both started at the Museum on January 16.
Adam Michalski (pronounced "Mi-CAL-ski") is the new Curator of Education. He hails from Texas so head on over and wish him a "Howdy Partn'r!" To contact him, call 775.687.6953 ext. 224. Pam West (pronounced "West") is the new Museum Attendant. Pam will be our Volunteers' go-to person so drop by and introduce yourself. Give her a call at 775.687.6953 ext. 233.
Welcome to the NSRM. We are very glad you are here.
Have you ever walked in front of the Interpretive Center and looked down at the brick walkway? If you have, you've seen a tribute to those who supported this museum or just loved trains. What better way to honor those who played a role in railroad history or are just caught up by the romance of the rails?
When you buy a brick for the walkway, you enable the Museum to pass the story of Nevada railroading history on to future generations. Your purchase allows the Friends to support the Museum by providing funds for additional objects and projects that the State budget will not cover.
Just what do the Friends do? Just about everything from being the steam train crew to giving tours, from selling tickets to working at the Museum store. See more photos of the Friends atthe volunteers at work page.
Photo of Russ Tanner as conductor on the McKeen Motor Car courtesy of Keith Hall.