Virginia & Truckee No. 18, “Dayton.”

Virginia & Truckee No. 18, “Dayton.”

Virginia & Truckee No. 18, “Dayton.”  Dayton was built by the Central Pacific Railroad at its Sacramento shops in 1873.  It is the sole survivor of a class of 4-4-0 type locomotives built by that railroad. Dayton served the V&T for 65 years and had the distinction of pulling the first passenger train to Minden, Nevada and served as the snow plow locomotive until it was supplanted by the larger No. 25.  Paramount Pictures purchased the locomotive in 1938, where it starred in such classics as Union Pacific, Harvey Girls and Duel in the Sun.  In 1969 it was modified to represent the Union Pacific #119 at Promontory, Utah.  The locomotive was acquired by the State of Nevada and restored to her 1882 appearance in 1982.