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Planes, trains and automobiles

It’s a whistle-blowing, horn-honking, jet-propelled experience. It’s the event of a lifetime to fund the rebuilding of history – that’s what train and transportation buffs will enjoy as the Northern Nevada Railway Foundation, Inc., presents “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Sept. 13 and 14 in Reno. Participants can choose either date.

On the day of their choice participants will be escorted in VIP style to the National Championship air Races, enjoy a scenic cocktail excursion on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and cap off the evening with dining and entertainment at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection.)

This transportation extravaganza is being held to help fund Northern Nevada Railway Foundation, Inc.’s comprehensive project to reconstruct the world famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Virginia City to Carson City. Today, the V&T makes a 2/12-mile trip between Virginia City and Gold Hill. In keeping with the present reconstruction plans the railroad will be extended 17 miles from the end of the existing track in Gold Hill to Carson City. The intent is to rebuild the railroad on as much of the original right-of-way as possible, through spectacular scenery in American Flat and the Carson River Canyon.



Through reconstruction funding the historic 17-mile route will be restored to its original glory and become a destination attraction for the Reno/Carson/Virginia City region. This authentic “wild west” recreation will complement the area’s existing historical richness – a point of pride and interest for residents and tourists.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles participants will be welcomed at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in the morning and transported by luxury motorcoach to the Reno Air Races – one of the last remaining air races in the world. Fans will enjoy the thrill of the races from the comfort of a VIP tent, with special pit passes that allows visitors and exclusive close-up look at the aircraft.



After lunch event-goes will be transported by motorcoach along the scenic route to Virginia City to embark on the next phase of their journey – a private excursion on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back. Guests can relax with a beverage as they sit back and imagine the Old West as it once was when the railroad was the foundation of prosperity and growth.

After enjoying planes and trains participants will experience the final phase of their many-faceted day with visit to the National Automobile Museum. Hundreds of vintage and one-of-a-kind automobiles will be seen in living history displays, some a part of the original collection of Bill Harrah, a gambling visionary with a passion for cars. Surrounded by spectacular automobiles, event participants will enjoy dinner catered by the Reno Hilton as well as entertainment as they relax and relive their wonderful day.

This special experience is only available to a select few. Tickets are $1,500 per couple or $1,000 for individuals and include all fully-escorted transportation, excursions and meals. Ticket reservations can be made by calling (775) 841-4710 or toll free (800) 456-7827. Further information is available on the Web site at http://www.steamtrain.org.


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