Virginia & Truckee No. 11

Virginia & Truckee No. 11

Virginia & Truckee No. 11, “Reno.”  Reno was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1872.  Reno was the railroad’s top passenger locomotive and was assigned to pull its best trains, including the local segment of the “Lightning Express” that ran between the San Francisco Bay Area and Virginia City.  It was retired from service and sold to a motion picture studio in 1945.  It starred in dozens of movies, including Union Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun and The Horse Soldiers.  The locomotive was displayed for many decades at Old Tucson Studios in Arizona.  It was purchased by the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and returned to Virginia City in 2021.