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V&T offering rides for Mother's Day

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad will be open for Mother's Day on May 13.

In addition to the trip, moms will receive a long stem rose, Wild West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery. The train features a 1953 ALCO heritage diesel locomotive leading 100 year-old Pullman coaches displaying the distinctive yellow and green of the V&T.

The ride includes scenic vistas of the majestic Sierra Nevada, passing through two tunnels, by abandoned mine shafts, old cemeteries and offering occasional sightings of wild mustangs. The historic train travels the same route paved by the miners of the infamous 1860s Comstock silver boom. The V&T Railroad's 16 miles of track re-opened in August 2009 after 70 years of non-operation.

"The V&T Railroad offers an authentic trip through time where riders have direct access into the Wild West," said Candace Duncan, executive director at the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The regular V&T season begins Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28 with Railfest, an annual celebration of everything trains in Virginia City, with train rides, parade, an exclusive all-day Made in Nevada Market at Gold Hill Hotel, stagecoach rides, gunfights and Wild West Theater. After the opening weekend festivities, V&T trains will run weekly, Saturday - Sunday through Oct. 21.

Adult tickets for the one-day May 13 event are $35 for adults, $20 for children and $31 for veterans and seniors 65-plus. Tickets are available at or 800-NEVADA-1.

The Carson City station at Eastgate Siding on Flint Drive off U.S. Highway 50 East, also has a gift shop with various V&T souvenirs to keep the memories rolling.

For more information on the travel deals, dining, lodging, activity information and further details on the V&T train, visit or call 800-Nevada-1.

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The Record Courier Updated May 5, 2012 09:02AM Published May 5, 2012 08:57AM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.