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Transcontinental Train Travel: Riding the Railroads

The arrival of the Transcontinental Railroad was earth shaking. It was the technological feat of the 19th Century for the railroad workers and engineers....

Railroad Locomotives | From Steam to Mag-Lev

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

Other Uses for Snowsheds

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

Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company

Did you know that from 1900 to 1943 you could ride a train from Oakland to Truckee and transfer to a railroad going up...

150 Years of Freemasons in Truckee

Truckee is celebrating its 150th year anniversary of not only the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad but also 150 years of the continued presence...

Snowsheds: Protection of Trains Over Donner Summit

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

The 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad

On May 10, 1869, 150 years ago, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, forever changing the landscape of Truckee and Donner Summit. The railroad made...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part V

In its effort to construct the California portion of America’s first transcontinental railway, Central Pacific Railroad struggled to conquer the Sierra Nevada. It took...

Celebrations for the Transcontinental Railroad

Dozens of events, art exhibits, programs and tours are planned throughout the season to celebration with 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. For a complete...

Auto Travel to Donner Lake on the Lincoln Highway

Before there were cars and big-rig tractor-trailers speeding more than 65 mph on Interstate 80, the first transcontinental highway was the Lincoln Highway, commemorating...