Monday, September 12, 2005

The Truckee in V&T

Looking at an early Central Pacific map of the projected line east of the California line, I spotted a location called "Truckee Station" located roughly where Sparks is today. I suspect this may have been the "Truckee" in the original V&T name. The map is in the California State Archives, and several copies are at CSRM.

Kyle K. Wyatt
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Virginia & Truckee Railroad Route Map.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

In his "Engineer's Report" of October 1864, Montague refers to a report of April 1863 by John F. Kidder, Chief Engineer of the "Virginia and Truckee River Railroad." Was this an early name for the speculation which became the V&T? If so, this tips the balance back a bit toward the traditional notion that the "Truckee" comes from the river itself.


10/20/2005 3:36 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin Bunker">

Probably a correct conclusion, although we know from the forensic finding of the odd lettering in the clerestory end panels (found by Shortline Enterprises) of V&T coach 8 that even the V&T may not have been entirely certain what its orignal name was to be... I recall that that lettering was the "Virginia, Carson & Truckee Railroad." It's been a couple decades since I last saw the photos of that late 1970s discovery. 


10/20/2005 6:07 PM  

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