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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 Great Train Robbery at Verdi

The Central Pacific’s Train No. 1 was two hours late out of Truckee. It departed from Oakland on Nov. 4, 1870, and arrived on...

150 Years of Railroad Snow Removal

Sierra snows are a continuing challenge to railroad transportation through our high mountains. This is a story of these efforts and the machines used.  Dozens...

Gold Spike Cocktail | Homage to Truckee’s history

Picture two men, both passionate about Truckee history, surrounded by bottles of booze and mixers attempting to replicate a cocktail from the 1800s. That’s...

A City Within a City: Truckee’s Chinatown

The Chinese labor workers on Donner Summit were the literal muscle that constructed the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) and played an intrinsic role in...

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...

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...

Honoring Chinese railroad workers

The Nevada Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring the art of Zhi Lin through Nov. 10 as part of the 150th anniversary of...

Train car part of 150th celebration

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nev., is hosting “The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made" exhibit as part of the...

Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary | Part I

During the month of May, communities across the Western United States will be celebrating the sesquicentennial — 150th — anniversary of the completion of...