V&T On Track Memorial Weekend

"All aboard!"

Conductor Kevin Wilcomb calls passengers to get on board the V & T Railroad to Gold Hill.

While many would-be passengers bailed when they found out even the caboose was open, these hardy souls and their kids thought the 35-minutes would be well worth it despite the temperatures out side.

“Rumor has it, its our summer season. Someone hasn't passed the memo off to our weather department yet, but hopefully by next month we'll start to get into summer,” says Wilcomb.

For more than 40 years the V & T has been taking passengers from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back beginning on Memorial Day Weekend.

Saturday and Sunday saw about 400 passengers each day, many who are new to the area and don't know about the rich history of the Comstock.

All along the track there are pilings and mining equipment left over from the the 1800s.

Names like Chollar, Savage and MacKay are not only used to identify the mines but the men themselves who sacrificed it all for that one big strike.

Parents and their children look out the open windows on the grand landscape.

This experience is just one of many for 5 year old Mackenzie Paul from Colorado. On a road trip with dad she's on her way to Disneyland.

Asked what she thought of the V&T?

“I like the noise it makes,”: says Mackenzie.

The 35 minute ride comes to an end all too quickly, as our group gets off, another is ready to go back in history.

There are probably warmer rides than the one we took on Memorial Day.

The V&T scheduled route continues through October 31st.


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