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Mom, long stemmed roses and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. The annual Mother’s Day weekend rides on the V&T Railroad are set for May 7-8. The first excursion of the season is also one of the most popular as families spend the day together celebrating mom.

This special edition diesel train ride from Carson City to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City provides mom with a long stem rose, quality time with family, animated Old West history storytelling and shopping and dining to go along with the spectacular scenery.

The Mother's Day train features a 1953 ALCO (American Locomotive Company) heritage diesel locomotive leading 100 year-old Pullman coaches displaying the distinctive yellow and green of the V&T. Retracing the original 16-mile Comstock-era railroad route, the ride showcases scenic vistas of the majestic Sierra Nevada with engines passing through two tunnels, abandoned mine shafts and old cemeteries along countryside where wild mustangs roam.

The train departs Carson City Depot at 10:00am. Return trip departs Virginia City at 3:00pm.

Tickets are $41 for adults, $38 seniors and $25 for children ages 3 to 16. Toddlers and infants are free when they sit on a parent's lap. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 877-724-5007.

The summer V&T season kicks off Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29, when round-trip steam trains begin full operation. Early arrivals to the station will be treated to live music, mimosas and free face painting for children before a relaxing and picturesque ride to Virginia City, where dining, shopping and Old West history abound. Weekend steam trains feature a 1916 Baldwin Consolidation 2-8-0 (wheel configuration) or a 1914 Baldwin-Built Mikado 2-8-2 steam engine leading three 1914 Pullman cars.

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