V&TRRHS Publication

No. 12

Virginia & Truckee

Coach No. 17: From Promontory to Carson City

by Wendell Huffman,

Distinguished Curator of History, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City


The engaging story of a V&T car of national significance.  Built by the Central Pacific’s Sacramento Shops and an inspection car of the Pacific Railroad Commissioners, the car carried the gold and silver spikes along with Governor Leland Stanford and other dignitaries to Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869.  Afterwards it was the private car of the Big Four’s Charles Crocker and CP Attorney Alfred Cohen, followed by William Sharon and Henry Yerington of the V&T.  It was a V&T coach for 60 years and then sat on Hollywood’s backlot for several decades before coming to the NSRM in 1988.


Published September, 2018

44 pages

119 illustrations including fine scale drawings by Mike Collins

8 1/2" x 11", Softbound.

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