Search

Part 4 of Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s Ed Gallegos, Cab Ride on #29


Here is the final installment of four videos showing a day back in September, 2008 where I followed Ed Gallegos around at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Next will be a video showing Ed firing the 2010 Trains and Travel International First Annual Virginia and Truckee Railfan Spectacular. This video is a little different than the Ed Gallegos Show Parts 1-3, because now Ed is running the locomotive and doesn’t have time to ham it up. Here you see the sometimes boring experience of riding in the cab of a steam locomotive. While everyone has a romanticized notion of driving a steam train, this video shows that in some ways it’s just another job, and it gets boring. This is showing the short run from Virginia City to Gold Hill. Originally the Virginia and Truckee Railroad started operations in 1976 running from Virginia City to Tunnel 4 and back. Once Tunnel 4 was finished and tracks were laid to Gold Hill in the 1990’s, the Virginia City — Gold Hill run delighted tourists for another decade or more. Recently, in 2009 and 2010, the $10 million construction project to extend the line has seen partial completion for about $40 million. Now you can just ride the short run, or you can ride the long run from Far-Far-East Carson City to Virginia City. On the long run you will see a highway, junkyards, a storage space complex, a racetrack, a buried pile of tires, environmental devastation in the for of old mines and mills, and if you’re lucky you’ll see a wild horse. The tracks