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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.

October 1, 2016 - Truckee River Basin railroads

Description of the Hobart Mills trestle tour

Logging train

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.

Meet at 9:30 AM at the Truckee RR Museum next to the Truckee Depo

October 8, 2016 -eastern Lake Tahoe

Fueling the Comstock tour description

The Comstock Lode was the largest gold and silver discovery in the world in the late 19th century. Most of the wood and water that fueled the activity came from the eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe Basin. Come hear about the innovations, see the remnants, and walk where these rugged people worked in the wilderness
The outing is a carpool in the area of eastern Lake Tahoe exploring old flumes, railroads and trestles. The drive is all on paved roads with stops along the way.  At each stop there will be discussion and hikes. All the hikes are short, mostly level and considered easy. There will be a combination of “vista” stops with an overview of the activity, and “walking in their shoes” stopes where the hike will be on old flume or railroad grade. And watch out, there’s scenery everywhere!
The tour lasts about 6 hours. Please bring your camera lunch, layered clothing, snacks drinks, etc...  We will stop for a picnic lunch at about noon. Come join us for a relaxed, fun day.Sawmill and railroad tracks

 

C&TL&FCo
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.

LTR&TCo
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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