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Trestle Tours

Trestle Tours are guided, self driven tours of old railroad lines of the area. See old grade, ties, rail, logging camp sites, and even trestles! At each stop, the significance of the railroad its history is discussed. At some stops, there are short hikes along old grade. Exploration is encouraged! Mostly it is an enjoyable few hours in the beautiful Truckee area talking about whatever comes up.

September 26th 2015 9:30 a.m.

Come celebrate Truckee’s logging history with a tour of the area’s logging railroads.  We’ll travel north on highway 89, swing off the highway and see what’s left of the Hobart Mill’s locomotive shop, long abandoned logging car bodies, old trestles, and the traces of roadbeds of the Hobart Southern, the Hobart Estates [Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company], the Boca and Loyalton Ry. {later the Clover Valley Lumber Co.], and the Verdi Lumber Co railroads.

Preparation: Secure a current copy of the USFS'S Tahoe National Forest Map.
Read David W Myrick's Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California. Volume I [available
Locally], pages 416 - .453 , "Logging Railroads-Lake Tahoe and Truckee River Basin”, and then additionally pages 398-409 "BOCA AND LOYALTON RAILROAD” and pages 410-415, '"VERDI LUMBER COMPANY.” This will help prepare you for the test. (just kidding)

We recommend hiking gear; good boots or hiking shoes are a must. This is a backwoods adventure, so come dressed comfortably and prepared for an expedition , We will hike a couple of miles [broken into smaller segments], and the trip will cover 40-50 miles of paved highway, USFS system roads, some rather doubtful 4 wheel-drive trails , and old railroad roadbed.  It will be hot, dusty, and perhaps showery. Please bring whatever food and drink you'd like to have for a long afternoon -- there will be no fast food available on this tour.
Cameras are recommended. Cell phones are allowed, and should be turned off as we leave Truckee. This trip usually takes from 4-6 hours, depending on road and trail conditions, questions, photo opportunities, avid RR discussions, wildflowers, serendipitous finds, etc., and is never the same twice.

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Truckee RR Museum next to the Depot
Also, mark your calendars for the Incline Village Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber and the Carson Tahoe Lumber and Flume railroad remains on October 17th. Enjoy these tours on the east side of Lake Tahoe. More details to follow.

Bring: Sunglasses, hat, water, your camera, snacks, and a lunch as food will not be provided. We expect to have some maps to share and maybe a book or two about area logging railroads to examine (but not keep) while we travel.


North Lake Tahoe Logging Archeology Railroad Tour
Saturday October 17, 2015

Did you know that there was a logging “incline” in what’s now called Incline Village?  Do you know where it is?  Come join railroad historian Keith Pattison’s tour of the remains of roadbeds, trestles and logging flumes on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.  We will bus to the site of the famous Incline Railway, then Sand Harbor, and on to Spooner Meadow. Bring: Hiking shoes, sunglasses, hat, water, your camera, snacks, and a lunch as food will not be provided. Duration: About 6 hours including an easy 1 hour hike down a narrow gauge logging railroad roadbed.

When: 9:00 AM, Saturday, October 17th

Where: The Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society museum 899 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV.

Fee: There is a 20 dollar fee for this event, and the proceeds will be shared between the Truckee Donner Railroad Society (TDRS) and the Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society (IV&CBHS). To register, contact either Nelson Van Gundy (TDRS)  530-587-1165 nelson.kathy6422@sbcglobal.net or Richard Miner (IV&CBHS) 775-833-2747.


Past Trestle Tours


A short, easy tour all on paved roads.

Verdi Lumber
If you are an explorer, this one is for you. There is still a lot to discover for this tour. You will be taken to 2 known logging camps and 4 to 5 jumping off points to find other camps on your own. Help uncover the hidden mysteries.

Boca and Loyalton
Folow the route of the B&L. Dirt roads take us past old logging sites, mountain meadows, and beautiful views.

A short, easy tour all on paved roads.

Hobart Estates
This one starts where the HE line connected to the CP / SP in downtown Truckee. It heads north to miles of dirt roads covering the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company holdings.

2009 C&TL&FCo Tour Pictures
See previous year's pictures.

2009 Hobart Tour Pictures
See previous year's pictures.


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