The Virginia and Truckee in Trainz

Goal:  Re-creation of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad circa 1916.


The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built to serve the Comstock Lode, in Virginia City, Nevada. At its height, the railroad's route ran from Reno south to Carson City, Nevada. In Carson City, the mainline split into two branches. One branch continued south to Minden, while the other branch traveled northeast to Virginia City. The first section was constructed from Virginia City to Carson City in 1869. The line was extended to Reno in 1873, and the Minden branch was built in 1906. The railroad’s initial purpose was to haul ore from the mines to the mills on the Carson River, and take lumber and supplies up to the mines.


I restarted the route, using newer, high-resolution ground data from the USGS.  I was able to save much of the work on the old towns, and now have laid track from Reno all the way to Virginia City.

Of course, Trainz now supports a higher-reolution ground grid - but it doesn't yet support importing USGS data.  So, I'm pausing work on the route itself and working on various models (mainly structures and rolling stock) until Trainz can import the USGS data.

Images of the old route:

Downtown Reno Reno Depot area Ranch at Steamboat Springs Carson Yards Virginia City Yards West Carson Yards Steamboat Springs Minden