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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

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Virginia & Truckee Steam Train: Chollar Mine, Nevada


This is footage I shot of the V&T steam train passing the Chollar Mine in Virginia City, Nevada on August 17, 2008.

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Virginia and Truckee Railroad — Steam’s Back Pt 2


On June 20, 2008 the final tests were done on the steam locomotive #29 at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City, Nevada. Here’s part 2 of Steam’s Back, a test run of the #29. The highlight is the residents of Virginia City clapping and saying Thank You to Tom Gray as the #29 leaves the Virginia and Truckee Depot

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Part 1 of the Ed Gallegos Show at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad — Steam Locomotive Prep


About a year ago I met Ed Gallegos for the start of his workday at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The audio can get a little scratchy because Ed was wearing my cheapo wireless electret mic — in a couple shots you can see this piece of technology clipped on his pants. Ed is the fireman and hostler for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s #29 steam locomotive. He can be seen in other videos firing the V&T #29 up the hill from Carson City. Some of these shots may be included in the upcoming Unauthorized Biography of the Virginia and Truckee Railways. I started out planning a standard railfan video of all the footage I’ve taken over the last couple years related to the V&T Railroad (the real one) and the poseur government project known as the Nevada Commission to Reconstruct the Virginia and Truckee Railway. Whatever the final form is, it will be shot all in HD, available on Blu-Ray and it will also be available on letterbox DVD. Ed’s a crackup, he goes through the pre-run lubrication, starts the fire, builds pressure and gets this old steam locomotive ready for another days work on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.

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