Railroads in Dayton!
- Carson & Colorado
- Dayton, Sutro, & Carson Valley
(both passed through
Old Town Dayton, Nevada)

Railroad Working Group
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
(This month only, on a Thursday rather than Tuesday.)
Dayton Museum (Shady Lane at Logan Alley)

We've started meeting in the evening to accommodate those who work in the daytime. We will adjust this as needed to accommodate our members and their willingness and ability to drive at night as winter approaches.

Our October meeting will be a "debriefing" on our Railroad Days event in September and preparation for a tour by the V&T RR Historical Society annual history conference on Sunday, Oct. 12.

We would LOVE to have you join us to work on railroad projects.
Please attend one of our monthly meetings, email Railroad Working Group Member, or call 775-246-9419 or 775-246-0505.
Interested parties of all ages welcome. No experience necessary!

Restoration of Dayton's Historic
1881 Carson & Colorado
Railroad Depot
Our ongoing depot restoration project will return our historic 1881 depot to its original appearance and make it Dayton's "Gateway to the Comstock." Our depot is one of only three remaining original 1880s C&C passenger depots and the only one in Nevada. After restoration it will be the only C&C depot returned to original 1880s appearance. We are also researching and restoring our "new" 1888 narrow-gauge boxcar, SP 84.

We would love to have you in our C&C Working Group! If you want to join us, help research or plan either restoration, and/or help with clean-up, donations, or any other aspects of the project---or just want more information---please attend a monthly meeting (see above), email Railroad Working Group Member, call 775-246-9419 or 775-246-0505.

The depot is open for special events, or tours can be arranged by emailing Working Group Member or calling 775-246-9419 or 775-246-0505.

First depot built on the Carson & Colorado Railroad, and today the only passenger depot remaining in Nevada:
Beginning in 1881, the Carson & Colorado narrow-gauge railroad operated from Mound House, where it connected with the standard-gauge Virginia & Truckee, through Dayton, to Keeler, California, at the southeast end of Owens Lake.

In the reputed words of Darius Ogden Mills, one of the founders, the railroad was built "300 miles too long or 300 years too soon". It was the ultimate in economy to serve the mines and mills in the deserts of Nevada and Southern California. Soon after the first trains departed in early 1881 they were returning with tons of ore for processing in the many mills in the Dayton area.
Dayton's 1881 Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot, under SP ownership in 1914.
The Dayton depot was not only the first built on the line but was also the pattern for all that followed. Today it is one of only three original C&C passenger depots remaining and the only one in Nevada.

When the line from Mound House to Churchill was abandoned in 1934 the Dayton Depot was converted to a private residence. Then, when U.S. Hwy. 50E was widened in the 1950s it was moved out of the right-of-way and across the road to the corner at Main Street, where it continued to serve as a private residence.

The Dayton Depot has now been purchased with federal "Transportation Enhancement" funds through the Nevada Department of Transportation. Under the ownership of Lyon County with a stewardship agreement with the Historical Society of Dayton Valley, the depot will be preserved and restored to its original 1880s appearance to serve as the "Gateway to the Comstock" -- a Visitor's Center and site for C&C RR exhibits. It will also be the only C&C depot returned to its original 1880s appearance.

Southern Pacific narrow gauge boxcar SP 84 comes to Dayton!
On September 21, 2011, the Historical Society of Dayton Valley brought an 1888 narrow gauge boxcar "home" to complement our 1881 Carson & Colorado depot. Read about our acquisition of SP 84 here.

1888 Southern Pacific narrow gauge boxcar SP 84 gets protective "shower cap!"

History of the Carson & Colorado Railroad

Dayton-Oriented Chronology of the C&C RR

Route Map of the Carson & Colorado Railroad

The Dayton C&C Depot today -- before restoration.
What the Dayton C&C depot will look like after restoration:

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