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Date: 11/18/12 14:18
A 1937 Virginia & Truckee Scene Right Out Of The 1870's
Author: LoggerHogger

No one can dispute that the V&T is the classic railroads of all time in the U.S.. The ancient equipment from this 1870's railrad built to serve the silver boom in the Comstock lasted until the very end in 1950. Some of the equipment was so old and classic that it was bought in the 1930's and 1940's by the Hollywood Studios for use in thier popular westerns.

I love this scene shot in May 1937. The roundhouse crews have spent the early morning and have readied V&T 4-4-0 #11 inside the "Stone Fortress" in Carson City, NV. She emerges into the morning light through the arched doors as she prepares to take her train on the climb up to Virginia City.

You can almost feel the warn sun on you as the gently panting #11 eases out of the cool interior of the stone enginehouse for another day on the "Silver Shortline".

Martin




Date: 11/18/12 14:45
Re: A 1937 Virginia & Truckee Scene Right Out Of The 18
Author: HeislerPower

Really a tragic loss that that building could not be saved. Luckily a huge amount of the equipment survived into preservation. The V&T is still probably the greatest collection of 19th century rolling stock in America.

Thanks, Taylor

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Date: 11/18/12 20:34
Re: A 1937 Virginia & Truckee Scene Right Out Of The 18
Author: mmisin2

I have heard the building materials went to a California vinyard. Does anyone have details?

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Date: 11/19/12 05:50
Re: A 1937 Virginia & Truckee Scene Right Out Of The 18
Author: LoggerHogger

The stone from the building went to a winery in the Napa Valley.

Martin



Date: 11/19/12 06:24
Re: A 1937 Virginia & Truckee Scene Right Out Of The 18
Author: YG

The "Stone Fortress" is really something. I would like to see more photos of this!

Steve Mitchell
http://www.yardgoatimages.com



Date: 11/19/12 12:16
Re: V&T Carson City Engine House
Author: KeyRouteKen

Here you go, Steve..

Photos courtesy of Dave Maffei and Library of Congress.

KRK








Date: 11/19/12 12:26
Re: V&T Carson City Engine House
Author: YG

Thanks for posting these. It really was an impressive and somewhat unusual structure.

Steve Mitchell
http://www.yardgoatimages.com



Date: 11/20/12 14:14
Re: V&T Carson City Engine House
Author: wpdude

That building is HUGE, considering the size of the V&T!



Date: 11/20/12 18:45
Re: V&T Carson City Engine House
Author: LoggerHogger

The V&T was a huge railroad in the early years and had over 40 trains a day. They also made parts for and repaired locomotives for many railroads in the Sierras and Nevada.

Martin



Date: 11/21/12 08:33
Re: V&T Carson City Engine House
Author: Pullman

The V&T also did commercial work out of the foundry and shop.

One example of the work is on display at the State Museum. A press once used at the mint to produce silver dollars now makes comemerative coins.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/12 10:24 by Pullman.



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