With a rhythmic “choo-choo,” the Virginia and Truckee Railroad will come alive this Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-10) as the vintage diesel engines offers a chance to take a trip back to the Wild West.

Anyone can take mom to brunch, but there are extra points for style. These special edition train rides from Nevada’s capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City, will provide Mom with a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping, and dining in Virginia City to go along with the spectacular scenery. The special diesel train will run Saturday, May 9 and on Mother’s Day, which is SundayMay 10, 2015.

Retracing the famous Comstock-era right-of-way, the historic diesel train travels the same silver route paved by miners of that time. The ride features scenic vistas of the Carson River and majestic Sierra Nevada, with engines passing through two tunnels, abandoned mine shafts, and old cemeteries along the countryside where sightings of wild mustangs are routine.

Tickets are $41 for adults, $38 for seniors and Veterans, and $25 for children ages 3 to 16. Toddlers and infants are free when they sit on a parent’s lap. Tickets can be purchased online at vtrailway.com or by calling 877-724-5007. The train leaves the depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m., with a stop in Virginia City. Reservations are now open.