‘Great Western Steam Up’ set for 150th anniversary of V&T Railroad

Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co.’s ‘Glenbrook.’

Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co.’s ‘Glenbrook.’

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will host ‘The Great Western Steam Up’ from July 1 to 4 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
“We are excited to offer a lineup of historic steam locomotives unlike anything seen in the state of Nevada in over 75 years,” Daniel Thielen, director of the Nevada State Railroad, said in a media release. “The Great Western Steam Up will be an unforgettable celebration of Nevada’s railroads and our steam-powered heritage.”
Featured steam locomotives that will be in operation:
• Southern Pacific narrow gauge locomotive No. 18 (the “Slim Princess” formerly of the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway)
• Eureka & Palisade RR No. 4, (the “Eureka”)
• Bluestone Mining & Smelting RR Heisler No. 1 •
• Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR No. 5 (the “Tahoe”)
• Cortez Mines Ltd. Railway No. 1, (the “Anne Marie”)
• Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co. “Glenbrook,”
• Virginia & Truckee Railroad No. 22, (the “Inyo”)
• V&T Railroad No. 25
• Santa Cruz Portland Cement No. 2 (the “Chiggen”)
The event will also feature a reunion of V&T locomotives including No. 1 “Lyon,” No. 11 “Reno,” No. 12 “Genoa,” No. 18 “Dayton,” No. 21 “J.W. Bowker,” No. 22 “Inyo,” No. 25 and No. 27.
This will constitute the largest gathering of V&T locomotives in 75 years, the release said. The event will feature other steam-powered equipment including fire pumpers, automobiles, tractors and a steam “donkey” engine, all in operation. “Lost art” displays such as blacksmithing, knife making and more will also be featured.
“This event celebrates an important milestone in the history of Nevada and the West with operating steam-powered equipment,” Todd Moore, president of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, said in the release. “We will have train rides behind the visiting locomotives, live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, an event store and plenty of other attractions to make for a fun and exciting day.”
Tickets are on sale. Proceeds will benefit the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City.
For information, go to greatwesternsteamup.com.

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