The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (V & T) is about to begin the 2017 operating season.

Regularly scheduled steam train round trips between the Carson City Eastgate Depot and Virginia City will start running on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and continue on Saturdays and Sundays until October 15, 2017. Trains depart Carson City at 10 a.m. There is a layover of a couple of hours in Virginia City, giving you time for lunch and some exploration of the historic Comstock. You’ll re-board the train and head back to the Eastgate Depot at 3 p.m. There will also be Friday trips in July and the first two weekends in August.

V & T train rides are a popular activity and the excursions frequently sell out. To ensure a seat on the date you would like, it is highly recommended that you buy tickets in advance.

Steam locomotive engineers on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad

Engineers keep the steam locomotives running on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Photo © Stan White

There is a shorter (and less expensive) V & T excursion train that runs several daily round trips between Virginia City and Gold Hill. This 35 minute ride includes historic narration from the conductor. No reservations are required and its 2017 schedule is daily from May 27 through October 31.

Refer to my “All aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad” article for information about tickets and times. For more information, call (877) 724-5007 or (775) 291-0208.

For a fun dining out experience, try one of the regularly scheduled food truck events in the Reno area during the warmer months.

These food truck gatherings are in the evening (dinner time) and give you a chance to choose from among a huge variety of quality eats. Think good food, not the roach coach stuff of yore. Depending on which event you attend and which trucks are in attendance, you might be able to get pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, various Oriental dishes, BBQ, burgers, ice cream, drinks (both soft and adult), and the list goes on.

Besides food and drink, food truck roundups have other attractions. For example, Reno Street Food in Idlewild Park is next to the big playground for the kids and not far from the station for the Idlewild Park train ride.

You will also see food trucks set up to serve hungry people at numerous other events and activities throughout the year. To learn more about the scheduled summer and fall events, refer to “Food Trucks and Food Truck Events in Reno and Sparks.”

Spring Fever Revival, an abbreviated version of Hot August Nights, brings classic cars, food and drink, a street fair and free entertainment to Virginia Street in downtown Reno on Friday and Saturday, May 19 – 20, 2017. If you like the full version in August, this event is a great warm-up.

Spring Fever Revival is open to all 1976 and older vehicles, with free entry for all Hot August Nights 2017 registered car participants. The entry fee for non-registered participants is $35. It’s free for the public to attend and enjoy the fun along Virginia Street.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. And since Spring Fever Revival will be in downtown Reno with its casinos, bars, and restaurants, there will be plenty of other fun things to do as well.

Reno can get crowded during events like Spring Fever Revival, making parking somewhat hard to come by. Learn about where to stash your wheels from “Where to Park in Downtown Reno.”