Carson Train Route

Carson Train Route: May-October

This is a separate rail line located in Carson City.

Virginia & Truckee Railroad

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Carson Train Route 2023
Carson Train Route

24-Mile train ride from Carson City to Virginia City, Nevada

You will depart from the Eastgate Depot in Carson City (4650 Eastgate Siding Rd, Carson City, NV 89701 – off Flint Drive, see map) for an all day adventure which includes exploring Virginia City, then return to Carson City in the afternoon. Starting just above the Carson River Canyon, the train runs along Mound House by U.S. Hwy. 50, then picks up the historic, Comstock Era V & T route.

What you’ll see…

Watch for mines and silver ore veins. You’ll ride throughTunnel No. 2, and see theAmerican Flat, the site of a gold and silver mining town that lobbied to become the state capital, but disappeared when the ore did. You’ll see the Overman Pit Embankment (300,000 cubic yards of fill rising 120 feet above the east side of the mining pit). You may even see wild mustangs, their lineage proves to go back over 400 years. The train will pass theScales/Water Stop where 260,000 tons of ore were weighed here in one year (1876) and 40 trains a day picked up water.

Carson Train Route 2023
Carson Train Route 

Enjoy time in Virginia City

The end of this line will be Virginia City 1870 F Street Depot. (mapEnjoy the museum and gift shop, and hop on a FREE shuttle to explore historic Virginia City – the boutiques, museums, saloons, restaurants, and much more!


Tickets Carson Route

Round-Trip Rates

  • Adults (Ages 16-64): $55
  • Children (Ages 2-15): $35
    Infants 24 months and under ride free when sitting on parent’s lap.
  • Seniors (Ages 65+): $52
  • Veterans (Must show ID upon arrival): $52


6.25 Hours Total

  • Depart Carson City (Eastgate Depot) 10:00 am – Arrive Virginia City (F Street Depot) 11:30 am
  • Depart Virginia City (F Street Depot) 3:00 pm – Arrive Carson City (Eastgate Depot) 4:15 pm

Kenneth Cole


Rediscover Nevada’s rich history in mining and mills on the V&T Carson City-Virginia City route as you meander through tunnels, canyons and mining towns aboard a restored 1914 Pullman coach led by a 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0 steam locomotive. This relaxing, all-day train excursion is fully narrated with historical facts and anecdotes. Departing from Carson City’s Eastgate Depot, the 24-mile roundtrip tour includes a fun 3.5-hour stopover in historic Virginia City, where you can stroll the boardwalks and explore restaurants, shops, saloons, museums, mines and more.


Carson Train Route 2023
Carson Train Route 


Route Highlights

  • Scenic route through the Virginia Range
  • Tunnel No. 2 – 566 feet long
  • American Flat – site of a once-bustling mining town
  • Scales/water stop – 260,000 tons of ore valued at billions of dollars were weighed at this location
  • Possible wild mustang sightings
  • Overman Open Mining Pit – 120 feet deep
  • 3.5-hour stopover in historic Virginia City
  • Fully narrated tour

Additional Information

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessable. Wheelchairs and scooters will be transported to and from Virginia City. (motorized wheelchairs cannot be transported due to size.)
  • Boarding begins 1/2 hour before your train departure time and closes 15 minutes prior departure time. Schedule and equipment subject to change. We reserve the right to sell your ticket if you have not checked in twenty minutes prior to scheduled train departure.
  • No dogs allowed except service dogs


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