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Railroad Adventures by ORE

                                                                                                                                                                                  revised 01/2020


Does the thought of old steam trains rushing across the Sierra Nevada range spark your interest?

How about the Transcontinental Railroad route in general?

What about old train stations from days gone by?

Or, best yet, would you like to ride on vintage steam trains?


If you have answered “yes”, then you have to come to the right place!


January 14, 2014: Ride The rails again!

Ever been to Virginia City, Nevada? Whether you answer Yes or No... You need to venture back up there.  In 1869, at a cost of $1,500,000,  a railroad was constructed by private investors to connect the silver mines at Virginia City to the mills in Carson City. The entire railroad vanished into history by 1950.  Now the Good News... the railroad has been rebuilt to Carson City! www.steamtrain.org

Best RR Book of Nevada!  Have you seen this fantastic book by Lawrence K. Hersh? "The Central Pacific Railroad Across Nevada 1868 & 1997".  If you're a train fan of the CPRR, then we suggest you buy a copy. There are some great pictures in this book of then (1868), and now (1997) of the Transcontinental Railroad route. With side-by-side photos, you can compare THEN and NOW and see how things have changed in some cases, and in others not. Recently Lawrence has been filming portions of the CPRR, hopefully he'll have a video available soon. How about it?

Another great book I recently stumbled upon, and one with some great old photos is Southern Pacific on Donner Pass.

Below-Left: Here we are stopped near Humboldt Gate in 2004.   Below-Right: #334 Humboldt Gate, taken by Mike Green in 2004, the dirt road in both photos is the original railbed; see Page-89 in Mr. Hersh’s book. If you like trains, buy this book! 



Below-Left: Since 1868 trains have passed by Maiden's Grave, though she wasn't a maiden. For many many years the Railroad cared for the grave! It was also near here that the City of San Francisco crashed in 1939 (we now have photos of the wreck, click "next").   Below-Right: This is the Ely, Nevada RR Station as seen in 2004.



We are always out scouting railroad history and emigrant wagon roads in both Nevada, and California. We invite you to e-mail us regarding these adventures. You too could be part of the adventure!  Ever thought of following the old railbed to Promontory Summit? We have!  Join us next time?


In late 2006: We recently expanded our BLM permit area in Nevada, and it now covers from Fernley to Wells, and from I-80 freeway north to State-line! Inside this permit area is the complete route of the CPRR from the 1860s, and most of the emigrant (California/Donner) trail from 1841, and the Applegate-Lassen Trial of 1846.  For Trail Adventures, click link: Family Adventures


Just think of all those towns along Interstate-80 from Sacramento and out across Nevada, had it not been for the Transcontinental Railroad there would be no Colfax, Cisco Grove, Sparks, Carlin or Elko.  And it is this route that we have been exploring.  For more on the photos above, read about our Nevada Adventure here;  Towns, Trains and Trails of Nevada 2004


"City of San Francisco" wreck of 1939...


We are always posting more photo's, so take a peak inside, or drop by again later. MG       For more photos...   NEXT PAGE




Historic Railroad links… click below      


BLM History of the Transcontinental Railroad   New!

http://www.freightcapital.com/transportation-history.html  New!

History of Railroads and Maps   New!

Driving the Last Spike, SF Museum  New!

Thanks to the kids from room E-117 Social Studies and Ms Plasse for their interest in the Transcontinental railroad.  We've added the above links,         

http://www.uscitizenship.info/Chinese-immigration-and-the-Transcontinental-railroad/ New! Thanks, Joan McMannis

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Nevada Northern Railway 

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic Museum

Central Pacific Railroad photos, Barry A. Swackhamer

http://cprr.org/Museum/Barry_A_Swackhamer/index.html  * Best for Photos from 1860s

Promontory Summit, Utah

California State Railroad Museum                                                        

Roaring Camp Railroad

Alfred Hart, Photographer of the CPRR

Sierra Nevada Logging Railroad

Virginia City & Truckee Railroad Foundation

Virginia City & Truckee Railroad

Nevada History

Nevada History; Railroad (new)

Nevada County Narrow Gauge RR

Herber Valley Historic Railroad

Railtown 1897, Jamestown, CA

Along the CPRR by Chris Graves

Feather River Rail Society

Sierra Railroad

American Experience  PBS Transcontinental Railroad

City of San Francisco wreck

Union Pacific Railroad History

Union Pacific Historical Society

Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko

California Zephyr AmTrak

Redwood Valley Railway, Berkeley, CA

Napa Valley Wine Train

Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs

100 MPH Steam Engines

Railroad history for kids

Worlds Fastest Steam Engine


We are heading for Ely, Nevada to ride the POLAR EXPRESS  in December 2020...  Awesome ride in the snow!

What's Happening?  Click on these links to find out.

What's Happening @ NV State RR Museum                                                           

What's Happening @ Nevada Northern RR

What's Happening @ CA State RR Museum                                                 

What's Happening @ Roaring Camp RR



NOTE: If you visit these sites, please leave them as you find them. Removing artifacts can get you in trouble

with the BLM. Please look with your eyes and not your fingers. Don't forget to record history with your camera.



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