2003 Silver Award for Writing Quality and Historical Content
Welcome to this new and improved Second Edition of Western Train Adventures. First of all, the subtitle has been changed to "Romance, Robberies & Wrecks" to better
describe these action-packed, railroad adventure stories.
This Second Edition contains an important update for Chapter One: The Yankee Princess. A multi-million dollar
reconstruction of the original Virginia & Truckee Railroad is nearly completed, so instead of being limited to a short 35-minute roundtrip between Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada,
railroad aficionados can now board the V&TRR at a new depot a few miles east of Carson City on Highway 50 for a nostalgic ride to the legendary Comstock lode.
The book also contains a new bonus chapter describing the
evolution of transportation over Donner Pass (from wagons to aircraft), as well as the ongoing 20 Mile Museum project along historic Highway 40 over Donner Pass.
Bill Oudeqeest, a board member for the Donner Summit Historical Society, has done a yeoman's job
of producing interpretive signs, writing the historical text, securing necessary permits, and soliciting financial contributions for this extensive, interactive tour in the Donner Pass region.
Purchase Western Train Adventures' Second Edition and enjoy this unique collection of thrilling, true
stories of the Iron Horse. Relive the adventure and be transported to another era, when railroads played a prominent role in the colorful history of the Wild West.
Endorsements for Western Train Adventures: Romance, Robberies & Wrecks
"Mark McLaughlin's book is a superbly written and presented collection of railroading oriented, action
-packed, true adventure stories. Enhanced with historic photographs, Western Train Adventures is informative, entertaining and strongly recommended reading for railroad history buffs of all ages."
"In his outstanding book, master storyteller Mark McLaughlin has woven the facts into a living,
breathing fabric where the characters come alive, leaving the reader spellbound."
— Roger Titus , Railroad Historian and McCloud Railway conductor
"You are about to go on an adventure…This is not only a book of history, it is a glorious escapade
filled with the character and clickity-clack of the railroad and the men who helped forge its destiny, for better or for worse. Enjoy!"
— John Tyson, Nevada Historian and Locomotive Engineer
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