Inventory of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Collection

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Inventory of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Collection

Collection number: MS 97

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
The California State Railroad Museum Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Collection
Collection number: MS 97
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Virginia & Truckee Railroad Collection, MS 97, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Collection Description

In addition to manuscript material, the CSRM Library also contains extensive photograph, drawing, map, manuscript and ephemera collections related to the V&T. Please contact the Library for assistance.

Historical Background

Incorporated March 5, 1868 for the purpose of building a railroad in Nevada from Virginia City to the Carson River and Carson City, with a branch from Carson City to Reno. The line, which included 21 miles from Carson City to Virginia City opened January 1870. Another line, 31 miles from Carson City to Reno opened August 1872. A fifteen-mile extension from Carson to Minden opened in 1906. The last train V&T train operated May 31, 1950. The California State Railroad Museum has three steam locomotives and one combination car from the V&T.

Series Description

 

SERIES ONE: PASSENGER DEPARTMENT, 1876-1945

Physical Description: 3 boxes + 4 flat boxes
 

Train Registers, 1876-1894

Physical Description: 4 flat boxes

Scope and Content Note

Train registers were created and maintained by the train dispatcher at Carson City, Nevada. One was issued each day. Train registers record all train movements over the line for the day. Information which may be recorded includes the timetable number, train number, locomotive number, surname of conductor and locomotive engineer, arrivals and departure time at major stops along the line, number of cars on train, description of load, and consignee, remarks and car reports.
Some sheets have information on both sides; some dates require two sheets.
 

Passenger Department Accounts, 1914-1921

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Consists of monthly reports of interline ticket sales for Virginia & Truckee Railway. The reports include correspondence and accounting records from the office of Samuel Coleman Bigelow (1885-1945), Virginia & Truckee General Passenger Agent at Carson City, Nevada, from 1917 to 1945.
The collection is arranged in three boxes chronologically by month, and then alphabetically by railroad within each month. Railroads represented in the collection with which the Virginia & Truckee had interline service include Southern Pacific, Tonopah & Tidewater, Nevada Northern, Nevada Copper Belt, Denver & Rio Grande, Baltimore & Ohio, Union Pacific and Western Pacific.
 

SERIES TWO: FREIGHT DEPARTMENT, 1926-1927

Physical Description: 3 volumes + 1 box
 

Station Cash Books, 1926-1937

Physical Description: 2 volumes

Scope and Content Note

Includes loose correspondence. Record of freight received, cash receipts, and disbursements. From Gold Hill Station. Form 155.
 

Record of Freight Bills, 1926-1927

Physical Description: 1 volume

Scope and Content Note

Includes freight waybill and car numbers, consignee, originating station, weight and cost. Issued at Gold Hill, Nevada. Form 65.
 

Waybills, 1914, 1916

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Organized by year. Records of shipments of general merchandise to Virginia City, Nevada, on the Virginia & Truckee Railway.
 

SERIES THREE: ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, 1869-1916

Physical Description: 1 box
 

Survey Books, 1869-1916

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

These books were used by surveyors to either show land and existing structures or show proposed structures. They contain some diagrams of buildings. They provide useful information about place names and the site layout.
 

SERIES FOUR: CAR DEPARTMENT, 1881-1891

Physical Description: 2 volumes

Scope and Content Note

Carson City, Nevada Car Shop, 1881-1891. Organized into 2 volumes: materials furnished and record of outside work.
 

SERIES FIVE: PERSONNEL, 1870-1884

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Consists of payroll records, 1870-1884.
 

SERIES SIX: CORRESPONDENCE

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Organized into incoming and outgoing mail. Divided three ways: by year, by department, or by surname / corporate name.
 

SERIES SEVEN: FORMS

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Organized by the name or type of form.
 

SERIES EIGHT: ASSESSMENT STATEMENTS, 1880-1888

Physical Description: 1 volume

Scope and Content Note

The 266-page volume consists of handwritten responses on printed State of Nevada Railroad Assessment List Statement forms by the Virginia & Truckee and Carson & Colorado Railroads. The statements were prepared by Henry Marrin Yerington and are arranged by year, and then by county and railroad.
The forms contains information on the extent and valuation of the main line and siding trackage in each county. They also contain the number and value of locomotives and passenger, freight and maintenance of way cars operated over the entire railroad, as well as the engines and rolling stock used exclusively in each county. In addition , the statements give locations and valuations of depots shops, roundhouses, section houses, and other facilities, property such as tools and furniture and real estate owned by the railroads in each county.
 

SERIES NINE: INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION, DIVISION OF VALUATION, 1917

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Consists of Interstate Commerce Commission forms for accounts 37, 51, 53, 54, and 57 on 25 sheets. The forms were used for reporting to the Division of Valuation data on locomotives and cars. Information presented includes builder, data built, size, type of car, weight, etc. They are filled in pencil and are dated June 30, 1917. Arrangement is by railroad, and then by account number/type of equipment.
 

SERIES TEN: MISCELLANEOUS

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Organized by type of material. Includes legal documents, property information, tax assessment records and a guide to the V&T records at University of Nevada, Reno.

Key to Arrangement

 

Series One: Passenger Department, 1876-1945

 

June 1-30, 1876 30 days, 59 sheets

 

January 1-30, 1877 30 days, 57 sheets

 

February 1-28, 1877 28 days, 56 sheets

 

March 8-12, l877 4 days, 8 sheets

 

July 1-31, 1877 31 days, 31 sheets

 

August 1, 1877 1 day, 1 sheet

 

September 1-30, 1877 30 days, 30 sheets

 

February 8-28, 1879 20 days, 20 sheets

 

August 1-8, 1880 8 days, 8 sheets

 

July 31, 1880 1 day, 1 sheet

 

April 16-26, 1880 8 days, 8 sheets

 

January 1-31, 1882 30 days, 30 sheets

 

February 1-28, 1882 28 days, 28 sheets

 

March 1-31, 1882 30 days, 30 sheets

 

April 1-30, 1882 30 days, 30 sheets

 

May 1-31, 1882 31 days, 31 sheets

 

June 1-29, 1882 29 days, 29 sheets

 

January 2-31, 1883 30 days, 29 sheets

 

February 1-28, 1883 28 days, 29 sheets

 

March 1-31, 1883 29 days, 30 sheets

 

April 1-14, 1883 14 days, 14 sheets

 

September 18-28, 1883 11 days, 11 sheets

 

December 8-11, 1884 4 days, 2 sheets

 

September 30-October 31, 1891 32 days, 16 sheets

 

September 8-29, 1891 20 days, 10 sheets

 

May 13-16, 1891 4 days, 2 sheets

 

April 13-30, 1891 12 days, 6 sheets

 

July 1-30, 1893 30 days, 15 sheets

 

July 31-August 31, 1893 24 days, 12 sheets

 

September 1-29, 1893 25 days, 13 sheets

 

September 30-October 31, 1893 32 days, 16 sheets

 

November 1-30, 1893 28 days, 14 sheets

 

December 1, 1893-January 1, 1894 32 days, 16 sheets

 

January 2-31, 1894 22 days, 11 sheets

 

February 1-March 1, 1894 29 days, 15 sheets

 

March 2-31, 1894 26 days, 13 sheets

 

April 1-16, 1894 16 days, 8 sheets

 

May 7-June 1, 1894 26 days, 13 sheets

 

June 2-3, 1894 2 days, 1 sheet

 

July 26-31, 1894 6 days, 3 sheets

 

August 1-30, 1894 30 days, 15 sheets

 

August 31-October 1, 1894 32 days, 16 sheets

 

October 2-31, 1894 30 days, 15 sheets

 

November 1-30, 1894 30 days, 15 sheets

 

December 1-30, 1894 30 days, 15 sheets

 

Series Two: Freight Department, 1926-1927

 

Station Cash Books, 1926-1937

Additional Note

Record of freight bills issued at Gold Hill Station
Station cash books (Form 155). Gold Hill station. Gold Hill, Nevada. 2 ledgers
 

June 1, 1926 - October 28, 1935.

 

November 4, 1935 - September 30, 1937.

 

Record of Freight Bills, 1926-1927

Additional Note

Record of freight bills issued at Gold Hill station (Form 65). Gold Hill, Nevada. 1 volume
 

January 1, 1926 - March 1, 1927

 

Waybills, 1914, 1916

 

1914-1916

 

Series Three: Engineering Department, 1869-1916

 

Isaac E. James, Chief Engineer, V&T Railroad

Vol. 1: General notes, 1869.

 

Charles L. Anderson, Chief Engineer, V&T Railroad

Vol. 2: Miscellaneous notes, 1875-1876

 

Vol. 3: Rodman's pegbook, Reno to Virginia, September-October 1915

V&T Valuation Survey, 1915-1916: G. E. B. Wells, Chief Engineer, San Francisco

 

Vol. 4: Rodman's pegbook, preliminary notes, Back Track and Minden Branch, includes Reno to Minden, June-July 1915

 

Vol. 5: Chainman's notebook, not dated

 

Vol. 6: Track notes, station 1900-2015, Reno to Washoe; also Virginia City line, not dated

 

Vol. 7: Re-survey, 1915-1916, Carson yards and buildings

 

Vol. 8: Physical valuation, Interstate Commerce Commission 16, Book B, Reno, September 9, 1916

 

Vol. 9: Reconnaissance Minden to Bridgeport, October 1906; also Carson turntable levels, April 6, 1911

 

Vol. 10: Section corners, March 1910, primarily calculations

 

Vol. 11: Carson Valley extension, north end, No. 1, cubic quantities, not dated

 

Vol. 12: Field book 2nd Division, No. 4, Double Springs East, station 226 to 935, April-May 1910

 

Transit notes, Book A, No. 1, North from Double Springs Summit, Station 0 to 331, February-March, 1910

 

Location level Book K, east of Double Springs, April-May 1910

 

Wellington Survey, 1906-1911, William H. Kirk, Chief Engineer, V&T Railway

 

Wellington Survey, 1906-1911, contents not photocopied

 

Preliminary level Book A, north from Double Springs Summit, December 1909-January 1910

 

Level Book B, January-April 1910

 

Preliminary and location levels Book D, February 1910

 

Level Book E, Double Springs-North, February-March 1910

 

Location level Book F, Double Springs, North, Station 194+ 145 to 325+00, March 1910

 

Level Book G, Double Springs, North, Buffalo Canon to Pine Nut Creek, March 1910

 

Level Book I, east of Double Springs, April 1910

 

Level Book L, east of Double Springs, Summit to Wellington, April-May 1910

 

Level Book M, east of Double Springs, Summit to Wellington, May 1910

 

Cross sections, Double Springs, north, Station 0 to 386, March-April 1910

 

Field Book No. 3, Double Springs, South, April 1910

 

Field Book E, No. 5, Station 935 to Wellington, May 1910

 

Series Four: Car Department, 1881-1891

 

Materials furnished to Carson City Car Shop, May 1881 - July 1882

 

Record of outside work: includes list and prices of materials sold and labor performed by the shop for businesses and individuals throughout Nevada and eastern California, November 1, 1889 - January 30, 1891

 

Series Five: Personnel, 1870-1884

 

187-- Steamboat

 

1875. July. Smith Shops

 

1875. August. Teeple's construction train

 

1875. September. Engineers and firemen

 

1875. October. Miscellaneous (3)

 

1875. October. Virginia Shops

 

1875. October. Virginia yard

 

1875. December. Virginia yard; Engine 21 J. W. Bowker

 

1875. December. Engine 6 Comstock; 7 Nevada; 12 Genoa

 

1875. December. Engine 11 Reno; 13 Empire

 

1876. January. Engine 16 Ophir; 17 Columbus

 

1876. January. Virginia Section 14; Engine 11 Reno; 21 J. W. Bowker

 

1876. January. Engine 7 Nevada; 8 Humboldt; 12 Genoa

 

1876. January. Engine 14 Esmeralda; 19 Truckee; 20 Tahoe

 

1876. January. Gold Hill yards; Engine 22 Inyo

 

1876. May. Engine 7 Nevada; 10 Washoe; 13 Empire; 22 Inyo

 

1876. May. Laborers; Engine 21 Bowker

 

1876. May. Engine 8 Humboldt; 11 Reno; 12 Genoa

 

1876. May. Engine 14 Esmeralda; 19 Truckee; 20 Tahoe

 

1876. July. Engine 7 Nevada; 12 Empire

 

1876. July. Engine 20 Tahoe; 22 Inyo; 23 Santiago

 

1876. August. Engine 17 Columbus; 18 Dayton; 23 Santiago

 

1876. August. Engine 12 Genoa; 14 Esmeralda; 19 Truckee

 

1876. August. Engine 13 Empire; 15 Aurora; 16 Ophir

 

1877. April. Huffakers; Browns

 

1877. April. Miscellaneous

 

1877. October. Washoe

 

1877. November. Franktown section

 

1877. November. Wood yard; Engine 11 Reno

 

1878. April. Miscellaneous

 

1881. November. Miscellaneous

 

1884. July. Miscellaneous

 

187- -- 1901. Individuals [by surname: includes pay receipts, verification of numbers of days worked and release from company]

 

Series Six: Correspondence

 

Outgoing

 

By year

 

By department:

 

Auditor's Office

 

Freight Agent's Office (F45, F46)

 

Freight Department

 

General Superintendent's Office

 

General Supply Department

 

General Ticket Office

 

Paymaster's Office

 

Station Agent

 

Supply Agent

 

Ticket Agents Office

 

Traffic Department

 

By surname:

 

Ardery, Alexander M.

 

Bender, David Almon

 

Yerington, Edward Boucher

 

Yerington, Marvin Hume

 

Incoming

 

By year

 

By surname / corporate name

 

Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1875 (1)

 

D. A. Bender & Co., Bankers: correspondence and receipts regarding currency advanced to V&T Reno station agent, 1876

 

Kimball Carriage and Car Manufacturing Company, 1873 (4 letters)

 

Nathan Dorhmann, 1896 (1)

 

Series Seven: Forms

Additional Note

By type / name of form (some forms may be blank):
 

Agent's stub

 

Bank of California, Checks issued by V&T

 

Bill of Lading

 

Cars returned to Southern Pacific Comapny, Report of

 

Cash collections

 

Cash remittance as per recapitulation of daily statement / on daily report of account of this day (F 49)

 

Checks outstanding

 

Claim for ticket refund (F 64)

 

Clearance card

 

Delivery record (F 123)

 

Disbursements

 

Engineer's Daily Report (C 8A)

 

Expense bills

 

Freight bills (F 8) [by year]

 

Freight bills (F 8) [by year]

 

Freight receipts [by year]

 

Freight over (F 14)

 

Freight over, Disposition of (F 15)

 

Freight bills (F 8) [by year]

 

Freight receipts [by year]

 

Freight release (F 29)

 

Freight short (F 16)

 

General freight agent's weekly statement of amounts due C.P.R.R.

 

Interline check

 

Invoices [for rail]

 

Invoices [by year]

 

Local ticket invoice (F 67)

 

Lumber bills

 

Lumber / Wood statements

 

Lumber shipping card

 

Lumber shipment receipts

 

Mileage report

 

Ore shipped [by year]

 

Over, short and bad order

 

Passenger conductor's report

 

Pick up records

 

Shipment release

 

Shipping bill

 

Shipping orders

 

Shipping receipt

 

Shipping record

 

Short freight received (F 17)

 

Supplies, Request to forward

 

Supply Department, Article tag

 

Switch list

 

Ticket report, Daily

 

Vouchers [by year]

 

Waybills [by year]

 

Series Eight: Assessment Statements, 1880-1888

 

1 volume, 266 pages. 1880-1888

 

Series Nine: Interstate Commerce Commission, Division Of Valuation, 1917

 

Interstate Commerce Commission

 

Account 37, Roadway machines (handcars, etc.): Register of equipment, Report of original cost, Additions and betterments

 

Account 51, Steam locomotives: Register of equipment, Report of original cost, Additions and betterments

 

Account 53, Freight train cars: Register of equipment, Report of original cost, Additions and betterments

 

Account 54, Passenger train cars: Register of equipment, Report of original cost, Additions and betterments

 

Account 54, Passenger train cars (motorized): Register of equipment, Report of original cost, Detail supporting the statement of original cost, Additions and betterments

 

Account 57, Work equipment: Register of equipment, Report of original cost, Detail supporting the statement of original cost, Additions and betterments

 

Additions: Property valuation records

 

D.V. Form 107. Minden Branch. Lands owned or used for purposes of a common carrier

 

D.V. Form 107. Main line. Lands owned or used for purposes of a common carrier

 

D.V. Form 108. Main line. Lands, including improvements thereon, held for purposes other than those of a common carrier

 

D.V. Form 108. Minden Branch. Lands, including improvements thereon, held for purposes other than those of a common carrier

 

D.V. Form 564. Report of lands acquired thru aids, gifts, grants of right of way or donations (excluding land grants) ... Valuation Section 1 (Reno to Virginia City); Valuation Section 2 (Minden Branch, Carson City to Minden)

 

D.V. Form 565. Report of aids, gifts, grants or donation (other than land)

 

Series Ten: Miscellaneous

 

Legal documents

 

Property information

 

Tax assessment records

 

University of Nevada, Reno. A Guide to the records of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, 1993.