The Jack and Marge Gibson Collection consists of 15 ½” scale models of Virginia & Truckee locomotives and one of motorcar No. 22. These models were created by George Richardson in the 1960s. In 2015 they were purchased by the children of long-time museum supporters Jack and Marge and donated to the museum as a memorial to their parents. Most of these models—the 12 in cases 1, 3, 4, and 6—represent the equipment used by the Virginia & Truckee in the 20th century, though some of those locomotives survived from the boom years of the Comstock. The others—the models in cases 2 and 5—are of locomotives that were disposed of earlier.

 

Altogether, the Virginia & Truckee had 29 locomotives, so half of the entire roster is represented here in models. Of the 14 “missing” locomotives, twelve were 2-6-0s. If these, nine were Baldwin 2-6-0s, two were Booth 2-6-0s, and one was a Danforth 2-6-0. The other “missing” locomotives were the first no. 25 and the second no. 5. In addition to motorcar no. 22, the V&T had two other motorcars, the no. 24 and the no. 99.

 

 

 

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad #27 was the last locomotive purchased new by the V&T, arriving in 1913 from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. It was built as a freight engine, but in typical V&T fashion it pulled all types of trains. After the mid-1920s, mixed passenger and freight trains were the order of the day on the railroad, frequently pulled by engine 27.