150th anniversary of Truckee’s first passenger train

The Central Pacific Railroad locomotive “Antelope.” | Courtesy Truckee Donner Railroad Society

The Sierra State Parks Foundation hosts a talk by Jerry Blackwill of the Truckee Donner Railroad Society on June 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the 150th anniversary of the first passenger train arriving in Truckee from Sacramento.

On June 18, 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad train departed at 6:30 a.m. from Sacramento headed to Truckee. The train was led by the locomotive “Antelope” pulling a freight car, a baggage car and three loaded passenger cars. It went through the eight recently completed tunnels at Donner Summit and then down Coldstream Canyon to Truckee.  After stopping in Truckee, the train continued on to Reno arriving about 8 p.m.

The program is at the Donner Memorial State Park visitor center. Complimentary refreshments will be served, with beverages available for purchase. A $5 donation is suggested for this free program. Parking is free after 5 p.m. | sierrastateparks.org