Nevada - The Nevada Northern Railway
A trip to Ely would not
be complete without a ride on the Nevada Northern Railway.
The train station is conveniently
located about one block north of the Steptoe Valley Inn.
The train station is in nice shape and they have some displays worth
seeing. The gift shop has some decent wine
from the Pahrump Vineyards in Pahrump, Nevada.
Some Pics from
The Train Ride
There were open air cars and enclosed seating as well. About
6 cars in total. The trip takes an hour or so and
it heads west towards the Liberty Copper Mine and then
reverses direction back to the yard.
I must confess I have never seen a fence made entirely out of pallets.
This was just west of the train station.
Going through one of two tunnels west of Ely.
No idea what these are, I've seen them several times and have
asked about them.
An old school house west of Ely.
The open air car.
One of the enclosed cars.
An old 'Phone' booth.
This is what is left of the Honeymoon Cottage.
The Honeymoon Cottage was for newlyweds who didn't have a home of their
A couple could stay in the cottage while they scraped funds together
for their own place.
Erosion on the south side of the highway has been in a repair mode for
the last several years. A number of
mines are ramping back up and part of the deal was fixing the erosion
Another old home.
The school bus depot.
Brothels have been in business for a long time here. The only
time they were ever shut down was during WWII,
where the Army took a dim view of the business. It was
considered a necessity during the mining days.
The Renaissance Village. We didn't visit this but here is a
snippet from their site:
Ely Renaissance Society represents an organized community effort to
bring about the introduction of
and fine art into the community of Ely, Nevada."
in 1999, the Renaissance Society is proud to have
financed over twenty outdoor murals
sculptures in our 11 block downtown area."
from all over the world were brought in to create images of our history
using a variety of different art styles."
A view of the train station from the back side.
Following the train ride, a tour of the shop was available to those who
Let me introduce you to Bob. Bob knows everything
there is to know about the trains, train station and
train repair. Bob can talk as long as you want to listen.
The group started out with about 20 people and
an hour later dwindled down to four. We were two of the four
and finally left an hour and a half later, and
Bob was still talking.
engine in repair.
One large boring machine..
Another view of engine 93.
This grinding stone is still in use.
Another engine is in this shop awaiting repair. For those of
you that like old and still functional machining
equipment, this is the place to visit.
Bob and the snow plow. I have never seen one of
these. Looks like an engine out of "Star Wars".