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Alder Gulch Railway

413 West Wallace Street, Train Station, Nevada City, MT 59755
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Fun little ride

Fun ride back and forth from Virginia City to Nevada City, with local history and tidbits along the... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
myaria2000
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Dallas, Texas
Taking the Train Between Nevada City and Virginia City Informative and Fun!

The train ride is very tame and safe for even small children. The tour takes you through what... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Sheryl M
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Vaughn, Montana, United States
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The Virginia City Shortline Railroad was built by Charlie Bovey in 1964 to connect Virginia City, Montana to Nevada City - A mile and a half away. Today, the Virginia City Shortline is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and learn about the surrounding area! The train ride is approximately 15 minutes long. Train tickets can be purchased from the Virginia City Train Depot, Nevada City Museum, or as part of the Family Pass from the River of Gold. All locations open at 10 am. Tickets can be purchased for the 10 am train at the Virginia City Depot the morning of departure. The train departs in Nevada City across the street from the Museum and Music Hall at the Bovey Visitor Center. The engineer will blow the whistle 5 minutes prior to departure. Train does not run in the rain or snow. Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.
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413 West Wallace Street, Train Station, Nevada City, MT 59755
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Fun ride back and forth from Virginia City to Nevada City, with local history and tidbits along the way. I think it's $8 one way, and $10 round trip, and since they make sure to tell different things coming and going, it's definitely worth it...More

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MTHeritageCommission, Guest Relations Manager at Alder Gulch Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Great to hear that you enjoyed your ride along the Alder Gulch Railway. Yes, booking your departure and return times are very important as the trains sell out quickly. Train tickets can be purchased at the Virginia City Depot or the Nevada City Music Hall....More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The train ride is very tame and safe for even small children. The tour takes you through what used to be Alder gulch and a couple of other small towns that no longer exist since the gold rush days. You can see cabins that have...More

Thank Sheryl M
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MTHeritageCommission, Guest Relations Manager at Alder Gulch Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time riding the Alder Gulch Railway this season. The train does provide a fun and different way to travel between Virginia City and Nevada City that other towns don't offer. Though the conductor only has about...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

The train ride from Virginia City to Nevada City was very informative. The conductor gave great history stories. Each direction a different person spoke so there was a lot of different information. The ladies made the trip very fun. The kids really enjoyed it. We...More

Thank Tanya E
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MTHeritageCommission, Guest Relations Manager at Alder Gulch Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

It is great to hear that you enjoyed your ride on the Alder Gulch Railway. The conductors and engineers do tell different historical stories so that hopefully the guests can learn a lot about Virginia City and Nevada City's place in Montana history during the...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Its neat to see the old equipment and the dredge railings all over the place from gold mining back in the day.More

Thank Ashlei C
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MTHeritageCommission, Guest Relations Manager at Alder Gulch Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thanks for your review. We agree that it is pretty cool to see the dredge tailings that follow the highway from Virginia City to Alder. The River of Gold panning experience in Nevada City is filled with tons of mining equipment along with a huge...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Quaint little mini-train ride. Canopy is just enough to protect from rain and most sun, but adults may get their legs baked on hot days. Guide was annoying, childish and generally uninformative, mainly giving generalizations about what life 'may' have been like for previous generations...More

Thank Steve T
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MTHeritageCommission, Guest Relations Manager at Alder Gulch Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for visiting Virginia City and Nevada City. I am so sorry that you did not enjoy the Alder Gulch train ride. The train ride between the two towns is so special to everyone because of Charlie Bovey's love for trains. I want to...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

We were disappointed that it wasn't really a train ride more like a kiddie ride at an old amusement park. The operators were nice but told the same corny history both coming and going.More

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MTHeritageCommission, Guest Relations Manager at Alder Gulch Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for visiting Virginia City and Nevada City. The train ride is indeed like a small amusement ride between the two towns. The conductor has only 15-20 minutes to explain as many historical facts about our history before the ride is over. Though the...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Fun ride between Virginia City and Nevada City. Note - the train whistle gets a bit loud after a while. The conductors give an enjoyable history talk all along the ride. Since there is no round house, for the train to turn around in, the...More

Thank Guy D
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

As stated by others, the train leaves Virginia City and travels to Nevada City. WARNING: If you like moderate sounds but NOT really loud, sit in the rear of the train. Whistle blowing and diesel smells are not as bad in the last car of...More

Thank Bill C
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

This train takes you about 10-15 minutes between Virginia City and Nevada City with a narrator giving some brief history and fun facts about the area. The workers are very friendly and great with children. It seems to fill up fast and since there is...More

Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

. This was a nice way to get between these two ghost towns. As seniors we paid $8 each for the ride. You can ride ad many times as you want. Trains (there's only one) leave every half hour. The ride itself doesn't offer lots...More

Thank Tom V
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