Following the discovery of rich silver and gold deposits in Virginia City, it soon became apparent that something besides freight wagons was needed to carry heavy ore from the mines to the mills along the Carson River for refining. To address these needs, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company was established in March 1868. Today, visitors can ride the historic train up to Virginia City, take a ride into Carson Canyon and learn more about the railroad heritage of Nevada at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum.
There is no shortage of railroad history in Carson City. With two options to ride the historic trains and opportunities to dive into the history in our museums Carson City is the perfect stop for train enthusiasts.