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...

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...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad, Part II

Construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s was one of the great engineering feats in U.S. history; on May 10, America celebrated...

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...

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...

The Ladies of Truckee’s Jibboom Street

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

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...

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....

The Chinese Transcontinental Railroad

The construction of the Transcontinental Railroad was not only a feat but also a competition between two railroads, the western Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR)...

Building the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad | Part III

The United States’ Transcontinental Railroad represented a transportation revolution that stitched the country together from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, exponentially boosting communication, migration...