Sparks: A Town of Two Times

by Wendell Huffman                                         The Sparks rail yard in the 1930s (photo: University of Nevada, Reno, Special Collections) Sparks was created in the early 20th century as part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s modernization of the Central Pacific line across Nevada. The old division point at Wadsworth, where trains were dispatched, crews changed, and … Read moreSparks: A Town of Two Times

DAYTON is in Virginia City

by Dennis Cassinelli For many years, my family and I have lived in Dayton, Nevada, “Gateway to the Comstock.” This is where Nevada gold was first discovered in 1849 that ten years later, led to the discovery of silver and the Comstock Lode. When the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was completed in 1869, one of … Read moreDAYTON is in Virginia City

Berlin and the Cannonball Safe

The Nevada Company’s cannonball safe with the door closed and its combination-lock’s dial in place.

by Adam Michalski   Nevada Central Railroad 4-4-0 locomotive No. 5 at Battle Mountain. Nevada Central trains transported bullion from the mines at Berlin from Austin to Battle Mountain, where the Nevada Central connected with the transcontinental railroad. (Photo courtesy of Nevada State Railroad Museum) Transporting valuables in modern times is relatively easy.  Armored vehicles, … Read moreBerlin and the Cannonball Safe

Working on the Railroad

by Mark Bassett   Working on the railroad all the live-long day. If you have driven from Ely to Ruth, you might have noticed that is just what we’re doing. Track equipment is out on the railroad replacing ties and tamping the track. Ballast trains are dumping ballast. And more track equipment follows the ballast … Read moreWorking on the Railroad