Truckee’s Logging Railroads

  Truckee-Donner Summit Historical and Railroad Societies  By Nelson Van Gundy & Jerry Blackwill  The forests of the Truckee-Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada have been logged...

Transcontinental Train Travel: Riding the Railroads

By Bill Oudegeest  The arrival of the Transcontinental Railroad was earth shaking. It was the technological feat of the 19th Century for the railroad workers...

Theodore Judah: Engineering Visionary for the Transcontinental Railroad

By Bill Oudegeest  Theodore Judah had some strange ideas. He wanted to build a railroad across the continent. People knew it could not be done....

Snowsheds: Protection of Trains Over Donner Summit

By Bill Oudegeest  Theodore Judah, who laid out the Transcontinental Railroad’s route, made a careful study of Sierra snow. He looked at the moss on...

Other Uses for Snowsheds

Author Bill Oudegeest  Snowsheds were used not only to protect trains from snow. Today, they are canvases for graffiti artists, both inside and out, host...

The Meaning of the Transcontinental Railroad

By Bill Oudegeest  We take the Transcontinental Railroad for granted; it doesn’t overtly affect our daily lives. The Transcontinental Railroad, though, is responsible for the...

Railroad Locomotives | From Steam to Mag-Lev

  By Jerry Blackwill  The first passenger locomotive to reach Truckee was a wood burner called “Antelope.” It was driven by four large wheels with four...

Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company

By Jerry Blackwill  Did you know that from 1900 to 1943 you could ride a train from Oakland to Truckee and transfer to a railroad...

The Ladies of Truckee’s Jibboom Street

By Corri Jimenez  Ladies of the evening, fallen women, soiled doves and Jezebels are polite terms for prostitutes, women of the world’s oldest profession. Though,...

First Bicycle Over the Summit and Across the Country

By Bill Oudegeest  Truckee-Donner Summit Historical and Railroad Societies  Bicyclists have found the Donner Summit-Truckee area. Any good day will find people bicycling from Truckee to...