- Hello fellow NV narrow-gauge enthusiasts,
I have had an abiding interest in logging railroads. That interest
persists, though it's metamorphosed a bit. Rather than going for a
freelance layout as I'd always imagined I would, I've actually found
a prototype that interests me. I'm hoping some of you guys who have
been in the hobby a while can help me get started with some research.
Back in 1901 the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company
started operating on a fifteen mile stretch of 3' track between
Truckee and Tahoe City in California (barely...its predecessor, the
Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company, operated off the lake's
East shore, in Nevada). Mainly this line appears to have taken
tourists from Truckee to Tahoe City and back. The vacationers would
spend time at the Tahoe Tavern resort or one of the others along the
lake, transported to these further resorts in the steamer Tahoe,
which met the LTR&T train alongside a 900' trestle dock. The train
backed out onto the dock to put its Pullman cars directly beside the
steamer, in order to shorten the walk imposed on the tourists to a
As far as I've been able to tell, the LTR&T used at least one
Baldwin 2-6-0 Mogul, it's engine #1, formerly the Glenbrook of the
C&TL&F. This engine was built in 1875 by Baldwin. The line featured
at least two Pullman coaches, as well as a Pullman observation car
and a number of flat cars inherited from the C&TL&F. At least one
box car was in the inventory, and there are references to both more
box cars and "other engines" in the very scant reference material
I've been able to scare up so far.
What I have is a page-long listing in the Hilton's "American Narrow
Gauge Railroads," and a few short pages found on-line. Hilton lists
the following references:
Frederick Shaw; Clement Fisher, Jr.; George H. Harlan; Oil Lamps
and Iron Ponies; San Francisco, Bay Books, 1949, pp. 22-37.
Myrics, Railroads of Nevada and Eastern Colorado, vol. 1, pp. 430-
Owen F. McKeon, "The Railroads and Steamers of Lake Tahoe," The
Western Railroader, v5, no. 6, issue 82 (1946).
So, my questions to the veteran researchers out there:
1) How would you go about finding copies of these books, and can
they be had for anything less than a fortune? I'm still debating
whether to use this line at all as my prototype and would rather
avoid spending hundreds of dollars on these kinds of materials only
to find that I don't like the look of the scenery, the station(s),
2) Any further suggestions on how to dig deeper?
Of course, I'm looking for the Holy Grail :-) A nice cheap book
with loads of period pictures, diagrams of the tracks and rolling
stock, etc. :-) Seriously, anything with photos would be most
welcome, but anything at all would be a better start than I have now.
Thanks very much in advance,