Virginia & Truckee

Archive ID188
DescriptionVirginia & Truckee
Record TypeGeneric
CollectionThe Joseph A. Smith Collection
CreatorAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Date Created
Reference #
SourceSmith, Joesph A.
Date AcquiredJune 28, 2006
Size14.5 x 9.0 cm
In ColorYes
Negative Exist
SubjectsAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Baldwin Locomotive Works
Fogg, Howard
Locomotive, Steam


17 VIRGINIA & TRUCKEE No. 12, the Genoa, and No. 11, the Reno, both eight-wheelers, doublehead a string of Pullmans in this painting by Howard Fogg of the Afternoon Express on the Virginia & Truckee. The V. & T. was the fabulous gold- and silver-mining railroad of Nevada in the late 1870's, during the roaring days of the Comstock Lode. Such trains brought the gaudy new gentry up steep grades from San Francisco to the luxury and excitement of Virginia City. The Genoa, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1872 and retired but not scrapped in 1912, is a fine example of the 4-4-0 in its prime. The V. & T. ran ancient engines and brightly painted wooden cars with open platforms until 1959. Then the rolling stock went to Hollywood movie studios while the rails joined the sorrowful roster of picturesque but vanished American shortlines. COLLECTION OF LUCIUS BEEBE AND CHARLES CLEGG


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