The Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad
The Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad was one of many railroads in the State of Nevada that was built early in the 20th century, first beginning operations in 1905.
Tonopah was something of a railroad hub in the state in the early 20th century, with numerous Nevada railroads connecting to it, either directly or indirectly, such as the aforementioned T&G, but also the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad and the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad.
This was all the result of a short-lived rush of gold and other precious metals in the area that would fizzle out, rendering much of the T&G's competition obsolete.
Fuel Train on the Tonopah & Goldfield. "Built during the gold rush years of 1904-05, Nevada’s Tonopah & Goldfield ran 100 miles southeast from an SP connection in the desert near the California border. An Air Force base near Goldfield brought traffic to the road during World War II — these two slide-valve 2-8-0s are hauling aviation fuel — but the boom didn’t last and the T&G was abandoned in 1947." (Trains Magazine)
|Map and timetable of the T&G
Goldfield Railroad Engine No. 1 and its crew September, 1905. (Goldfield Historical Society)