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V&T 26 Ruins

Date of photo: May 1950
Photographer: Unknown

Contributor: Stephen Gennerich on Facebook
Permanent Link: http://wnhpc.com/details/fb715783628494586
Shortlink: http://wnhpc.com/d/1786
Tags: reno vt26 vtrailroad

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The remains of Virginia and Truckee engine #26 after an enginehouse fire in Reno in May 1950. The railroad was in the process of shutting down when the fire happened so no attempt was made to repair the engine.

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Date Uploaded: May 14, 2017

Source: Facebook: Stephen Gennerich

Source URL: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=715783628494586&set=gm.278503039024140&type=1

Source Caption: The No. 26 was scheduled to take the last V&T run on May 31, 1950, but on May 1, 1950 she was turned in for the night at the Reno engine house, but at 7:07 something happened and the engine house was engulfed in flames and all was lost. There are those who believe that the No. 26 when told of the closure of the railroad, well she couldn't come to terms with it and took her own life by fire. Since everything was destroyed we will never know for sure what happened that night.


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