The V&T Railroad which originally ran between Virginia City and Carson City in 1869 has been reconstructed and it opened for passengers this last August. The steam engine and passenger cars that travel today from Virginia City to Carson City are original 1800 stock.
During the Thanksgiving weekend there were volunteers that rode the train dressed in period costume. This gave the riders a definite feeling that they had stepped back in time to the 1800’s. And evidently it was so convincing that spirits from the 1800’s took the opportunity to ride their beloved train once again.
Upon reviewing photographs taken on the train that day it was discovered that there were passengers riding that were not on the manifest. Do you see the large orbs in this photo? I know there is much controversy regarding what orbs are, but I have been working in the paranormal field for many years and truly believe that most orbs are NOT dust. This photo is an example of true spirits riding the train. Also, look closely (enlarge the photo on your computer) and look at the window on the left side of the train next to the large white orb. Look at the volunteers reflection of her sleeve, can you see the Victorian woman in winter clothes and hat reflecting off her sleeve? Often spirits can be seen in windows and mirrors such as this one.
Virginia City and Carson City are rich with spirits of the past and finding them riding the train is not a surprising occurrence. Spirits are often drawn to situations that are similar to life when they were alive. So, for the V&T running again with its 1800 period cars, engine and people dressed in clothing from that era I am sure the spirits were drawn to riding the train once again! I can just imagine them hoping on the train in Virginia City just as they did 100 years ago. I wonder what they thought of men and women wearing baseball caps! Today’s passengers were certainly not dressed in their finest “going to town” clothes by these Victorian passengers’ standards. Can’t you just hear them “tsk, tsk, tsk!”?
I myself can’t wait to ride a night train next year and see what new friends I will meet on the train! And what pictures and possible EVP recordings I might get! I will be sure to share them here with you!
If you are interested in riding the V&T next year and hopefully experiencing the spirits, the train will begin running again on May 28, 2010 through October 31, 2010, Thursday through Sunday. And be sure to send me your experiences and photos to post here! By the way train tickets can be purchased online at www.visitcarsoncity.com later this winter.