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.

We’ve endured an epic winter with all kinds of weather-related issues. Some have been devastating, like flooding, while others have been beneficial, like drought-busting precipitation. We still have some winter-related activities to enjoy in March, but sure signs of spring are on the way. At least that’s what the daffodils starting to pop up in my yard think.

  • Art Walk Reno
  • Reno Bighorns Basketball
  • North Lake Tahoe SnowFest
  • Kerak Shrine Circus
  • Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry
  • Leprechaun Crawl
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Beer Crawls
  • Reno Expo 2017
  • CannaGrow Expo
  • Free Gardening Classes
  • Spring Break at Washoe County Schools

These are only a sample of things to do this month. Learn about even more from “March 2017 Events and Activities in the Reno Region.”

Visiting any of the excellent museums in the Reno area, down in Carson City or up in Virginia City is a good way to have fun during the cold and dark days of winter.

Reno area museums feature varied topics, which means there are things to see and do for just about any interest. Art fans (including children) will enjoy the Nevada Museum of Art. One of the best car collections in the entire country is at the National Automobile Museum. History buffs will like the Nevada Historical Society Museum.

If Nevada history and/or trains are your thing, head down to Carson City for the Nevada State Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum. There’s also Virginia City, where the whole town is a national historic district.

For more information about these museums and more, plus where to see live shows, refer to “Museums, Culture, and Shows in Reno / Sparks, Nevada.”