Upon finding more historic photos of trains at Lake Tahoe, I contacted my friend Jeff Browne who is quite the railroad historian.
“The Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company (aka Lake Tahoe narrow gauge RR) went from Glenbrook on the Tahoe East Shore and ended at Spooner Summit where a giant log flume sent the lumber down to a mill south of Carson City. You can’t hike it from Glenbrook due to the gated golfing community, but you can access the right-of-way by hiking down toward Skunk Harbor,” Browne said.
I did this in 1977 and found bits and pieces of the old railroad, including some interesting old square nails.
The track was removed in 1899.
The steam engine Glenbrook is on display at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. More about its colorful history is available online.
The flume went from Spooner Summit down toward about where Costco stands today.
Milled lumber was hauled by train from Carson City to Virginia City.
“The railroad was a bridge line between Truckee (the SP) and Tahoe City, and roughly paralleled the Truckee River,” Browne said.
— Bill Kingman