Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Locomotive #29 Back on the Tracks

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Some good news coming out of Virginia City. After spending 7 years in the shop, Locomotive #29 of the V&T is all fixed and up and running again. That’s an extraordinarily long time for an overhaul, but apparently it wasn’t just a matter of doing some simple repairs, they had to make some upgrades to comply with stricter FRA regulations. That plus budget problems that they probably had, added up to a long hiatus.

And even now, the engine isn’t out pulling trains daily. They ran it last weekend to shake it out and see how it performed, but they haven’t put it into regular service yet. This is a big step forward for the railroad, though. We need steam in Virginia City. We’re getting a little tired of that diesel engine.

Missing from the story, though, is news on the other steam engine they have up on the hill, #8. All these stories focus on #29, as well they should because it’s the more elegant engine and it’s been on the Comstock the longest. But #8 is also up there, sitting in the shop, inoperable, and nobody ever talks about it. Maybe they wanted to focus all their energy on #29 first, get it done, and now that they’ve done it they can shift their attention to #8. Because you have to admit, it’s always better to have two locomotives running than it is one. Back in the late 90s, when I was riding the train all the time, both were operational, so they could put one in the shop for some minor repairs for a week or two and it wasn’t a big deal. The other one would take over responsibilities for that time. That’s what they’ll need to get back to, and they’ll get to get #8 running again to do it. But these new stories never even talk about #8, so I really don’t know what’s going on with it.


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New Farmers Market in Carson

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 8:56 AM

If you’re into farmers markets, you’ll know that the Wednesday market at Mills Park has been going on for about four weeks now. It will be open today from 3-7. But, that’s not the only market in town anymore. Starting this week, there will be a Saturday market as well, behind the Firkin and Fox at the corner of Third and Curry. (Right across from Bella Fiore Wines). This new market runs from 9am to 1pm, and it sounds like there will be many new farmers there that don’t participate in the Mills Park one. So you definitely need to visit both!


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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 3:07 PM

The smoke is thicker than ever today, thanks to dozens of wildfires burning in California. We keep hearing that the winds will push the smoke out soon, but I can only imagine the wind pushing even more smoke in. Stay indoors!

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

New WNHPC Photos

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Crossposted from the WNHPC Blog.

I’ve had some new photos come into the WNHPC recently. All good stuff.

The St Charles for a few decades was known as the Travelers Hotel.

The McKeen Motor Car, which ran on the V&T Railroad, served about ten years time as a diner on the north side of town.

The Sweeney Building is one of Carson City’s oldest buildings.

I love the facade on the Ship Bar.


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Carson Valley Recycling

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Finally we now have curbside recycling pickup in the Carson Valley. We’re probably the last place to get it in Nevada. I think Belmont and Manhattan had curbside recycling before we did. Which is strange, because Douglas County has the highest per capita income in the whole state. I guess rich people don’t recycle. I don’t know. I only know that Douglas Disposal, our local trash pickup outfit, has never offered recycling.

So it was left to a start-up company, Carson Valley Recycling, to fill that need. Right now it’s just a husband and wife team, with one truck, serving the whole valley (or at least Douglas Disposal’s entire service area). Which is fine, because they only have 50 customers. But as their client base grows they’ll probably get stretched thin, and hopefully will be able to get more employees and more equipment. This is a service that I’d like to see succeed, and at $10 per month I’ll probably be signing up soon. Right now you have to take all your recyclables to a drop-off point yourself. The main one is at the old landfill out Pinenut road, and there are also drop-offs at many of the area schools. But usually doing that is such a pain that I don’t recycle glass and plastic, just paper and cardboard. Signing up for this service will definitely help out, and I urge all of you to sign up too. Both because recycling is the way to go, and also because we want to support this new company and make sure they don’t have to shut down.

Here’s a list of the items they’ll accept:

plastics #1 & 2 (these can be combined)
#2’s are usually colored plastics ( Tide&Downy and milk containers)
tin cans (canned soups, pet food, veggies, etc.) ~ not tin foil
cardboard (must be dry) (broken down if possible)
paperboard( cereal boxes, non-wax items, egg & milk cartons) (must be dry)
plastic grocery bags
dry newspaper (ads are accepted too)
magazines&catalogs (kept dry)

You can contact them by phone, at 775-267-6524, by e-mail at, or sign up on their website.


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