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If touring the average museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past, a visit to the Nevada Northern Railway Museum is more like a trip through time.The one-of-a-kind museum is dedicated to restoring, preserving, interpreting and operating its historic facilities, yards and rail collection, and offers visitors the opportunity to experience an actual working railroad straight from the past.
In 1905, the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company built a 150-mile rail line to haul ore from the mines west of Ely. Today, the section of track that runs from Ely to the tiny town of McGill is still in operation, ridden by the original steam and diesel engines that are painstakingly maintained by the Nevada Northern Railway Museum.Both the #40 and #93 steam engines are still in service as part of the historic working railway museum. Passengers board in the Ely yards for an incredible ride along the same routes that were once used to haul ore. The museum yard is home to much of the original rolling stock, which has been carefully restored using the original equipment that was left behind when the rail shut down. The line is considered the best-preserved short line in the country and, along with the history Ely yard complex, locomotives and rolling stock, ranks as a National Historic Landmark.
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