The Virginia & Truckee Railroad 2017 season debuts discounted family and group packages for authentic period steam train rides that transport passengers through the silver boom towns of the Wild West. The V&T pulls into the station every weekend starting Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, through Oct. 15. Tickets for the 16-mile historic route between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada go on sale April 3. (www.vtrailway.com)
A journey on the V&T Railroad through the rolling hills of the Comstock-era right of way delights the young and the young-at-heart, and now families can retrace these famous tracks for less with the 2-2 Family Pack. The family set includes two children’s tickets and any combination of adult or senior/veteran passes. Passengers will save up to 20 percent when purchasing a V&T Family Pack. (http://bit.ly/VT17Family)
The V&T provides a unique experience for special events, including weddings, fundraisers, corporate events and reunions with expanded group discounts. Private events aboard steam engine trains include 10 percent off for groups of 10-20 passengers on Friday and Sunday round-trip rides and 25 percent off for groups of 20 passengers or more. A historic Victorian parlor car for up to 30 guests is available for larger events and the entire train is also available for large events when one private car won’t suffice. Group passes must be purchased through a reservations agent. (http://bit.ly/VT17Groups)
The summer will include weekend rides to Virginia City, a town ripe with a colorful history of robber barons, miners, gunslingers and dance halls, and trains on select Sundays to the Carson River Canyon, a picturesque ravine with a roaring river. Themed trains include the Toast of the Canyon wine tasting train, the dinner and melodrama train, and the dinner and murder mystery train.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.vtrailway.com beginning April 3, 2017 or by calling 877-724-5007. Trains depart Carson City to Virginia City on Saturday and Sundays at 10 a.m. The Carson City passenger station is at Eastgate Siding on Flint Drive off U.S. Highway 50 East.