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Historic V & T offers holiday themed rides

The historic Virginia & Truckee Railway will offer a series of holiday-themed rides over four weekends beginning today through Dec. 19.

“Train rides to celebrate family and the season in Carson City and Virginia City will make this holiday one to remember,” said Candy Duncan, executive director of the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, in a prepared release.

Costumed historians in Victorian dress, cowboy gear and other period attire will represent living legends of the area, riding along with passengers on the V&T’s seasonal round trip trains, answering questions about the area and taking photos with travelers.

Theme rides include an Early Bird Shopper’s Special, Family and Friends train, Locals Special, Comstock Night Train, December Danish Run and Christmas on the Comstock train. The holiday trains will be the last to run the 12.8 mile route until re-opening in May.

Classic steam and authentic diesel engines will take passengers on 60 and 90-minute rides (one-way or round-trip) past scenic vistas, historic cemeteries, abandoned mine shafts and two tunnels and occasional sightings of wild mustangs.

The reconstructed V&T opened along 12.8 miles of its original 16-mile route to great fanfare in August after 70 years. Every ride through October sold-out.

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Today: Early Bird Shopper ride, departs Virginia City 8 a.m., arrives in Carson City 9:30 a.m. A vintage steam train will travel from Virginia City to Carson City one-way. A return shuttle back to the Virginia City station is available for $11. Seating is limited, call (775) 687-7410 for reservations. Tickets are $29 adults, $25 seniors, $20 kids 12 and under.

Today and Saturday: Friends and Family ride, departs Carson City at 10 a.m., departs Virginia City at 3:30 p.m. Catch up with loved ones on the ride, share some fresh holiday pastries, hot cider and take a group photo in front of the train. Tickets are $48 adults, $40 seniors, $30 kids 12 and under.

Sunday: Locals Special ride, departs Carson City at 10 a.m., departs Virginia City at 3:30 p.m. A round-trip steam one-way and diesel the other. A free shuttle will take travelers to passengers to historic downtown Virginia City and back for the departure back to Carson City. Tickets are $39 adults, $30 seniors, $19 kids 12 and under.

For information about other upcoming rides through December, visit http://www.visitcarsoncity.com.