The Virginia and Truckee was a short line railroad in Nevada serving the Comstock and other mines. It was abandoned in 1950 but was rebuilt as a heritage railroad.
The J.W. Bowler was fairly typical of western wood burning locomotives. It is currently at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Perhaps it’s main claim to fame is that it was used in the 1939 movie Union Pacific.
My model I bought just a couple of years ago from a nice shop in Louisville. It is early 1970’s vintage made by Rivarossi in Italy and marketed by AHM.