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From: Chocolate Pig (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostDec-5 8:57 AM 
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Nevada Northern Railway Museum 

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is a railroad museum and heritage railroad located in Ely, Nevada and operated by a historic foundation dedicated to the preservation of the Nevada Northern Railway.

Museum activities include restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment and various hands on experiences [4] and a variety of special events[5] including seasonal trains for Halloween[6] and Santa-themed trains for Christmas.[7] This is one of the few places in the world where visitors can actually operate a steam locomotive,[8] but this experience requires some advanced planning.

Location and history[edit]

The museum is situated at the East Ely Yards,[9] which are part of the Nevada Northern Railway. The site is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places as the Nevada Northern Railway East Ely Yards and Shops and is also known as the "Nevada Northern Railway Complex". The rail yards were designated a National Historic Landmark District on September 27, 2006.[3] The site was cited as one of the best-preserved early 20th-century railroad yards in the nation, and a key component in the growth of the region's copper mining industry. Developed in the first decade of the 20th century, it served passengers and freight until 1983, when the Kennecott Copper Company, its then-owner, donated the yard to a local non-profit for preservation. The property came complete with all of the company records of the Nevada Northern from its inception.[10]


The museum collection includes four of the railroad's original steam locomotives, an electric locomotive and several diesel-electric locomotives, as well as a collection of maintenance equipment and numerous historic freight and passenger rail cars. Two of the steam locomotives, #40 and #93, are in operation in regularly scheduled events throughout the year; with #81 currently under restoration to operating condition.[11] Locomotive #40 is the official State Locomotive of Nevada. The museum also maintains an extensive fleet of its original rolling stock, including passenger cars, wood-side box cars, ore cars, and work trains, all dating from the 1910s. It has the oldest operating tank car and the oldest operating coal-fired steam crane on any American railroad.[11]

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