The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (V & T) is about to begin its 2018 operating season.

Regularly scheduled steam train round trips between the Carson City Eastgate Depot and Virginia City will start running on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and continue on Saturdays and Sundays until October 14, 2018. 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.

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 schedule is daily from Memorial Day weekend through October.

Refer to my “All aboard the Virginia & Truckee Railroad” article for information about tickets and times.


Reno area easter egg hunts
Easter Sunday in 2018 is on April 1. Enjoy Easter weekend with family and kids by attending one of the Easter egg hunt events happening all around the Truckee Meadows. Note that most of them are on Saturday, March 31, so plan accordingly. They are also free. Should you be up at north Lake Tahoe or down in Carson City for Easter weekend, you will find a nice selection of Easter egg hunts to enjoy with the family.

Before heading out, check the weather forecast just in case since Easter egg hunts are outside. Spring is here and chances are it will be a nice time to enjoy being out and about in the Reno / Tahoe area.

Easter Sunday Brunch / Dining – Some really nice Easter Sunday dining is available in the Reno / Sparks area, making for an enjoyable way to top off all that Easter egg hunting and candy eating. Some of the casinos will have big buffets with lots of choices. Many of these will be open during brunch hours, from morning through the afternoon. Some others, both in casinos and at independent restaurants, will be serving into the evening for a dinner meal. Go to “Easter Dining in Reno and Sparks” to see who is serving and where.

The big Nevada Day celebration involves a whole series of weekend activities in Carson City. The main event is the Nevada Day Parade through downtown Carson City, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 28. The theme for Nevada Day 2017 is “A Parade of Arts And Entertainment.” The parade is just one of many events surrounding Nevada Day. It will be a fun weekend down in Carson City.

The Nevada Day holiday for state and local government and schools (but not federal offices) is Friday, October 27, 2017. Offices will be closed to celebrate the admission of Nevada to the union on October 31, 1864. An admission day holiday like Nevada Day is only observed in a few other states and ours is the biggest celebration of all.