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Trains Magazine 81st Anniversary Nevada Northern Photo Charter Day 2 10/9/2021



by Chris Guenzler



We arose at 6:30 AM and following doing our Internet morning routinues, Elizabeth drove us to McDonalds whose lobby was closed as usual, so we went though the drive- through and ate breakfast in their parking lot. We drove to the East Ely station and Elizabeth picked out seats on coach "Ruth" as I checked out the Ontario Northland coach.





Nevada Northern 2-6-0 81 pulling something out of the paint shop before I visited the shops and saw a few of my old friends.





Nevada Mines Division RS-2 105 built by Alco in 1949.





Nevada Northern 4-6-0 40 built by Baldwin in 1910 under a 1,492 days rebuilding.





Kennecott Nevada Mines B-50 GE locomotive 25 tonner 310 built by General Electric in 1950 and served at the smelter in McGill.





Locomotive 45 tonner donated by the cement company.





Coal-fired rotary snowplow made by American Locomotive Company in 1907, used with tender 21.





Nevada Mines Division RS-3 109 built by Alco in 1950.





Nevada Mines Division 81 built by General Electric in 1941.





Outfit Car 06 built by Pullman in 1872 for the Grand Trunk Railroad and bought by Nevada Northern in 1909.





Nevada Northern SD9 204, originally Southern Pacific 4426. I returned to the train but found something else before I boarded.





Our passenger train had a consist of Nevada Northern 2-6-0 93, Coaches 08 Ruth and 07 Ely, open air car Copper Flats and caboose 6.





Nevada Northern 2-8-0 81 pulled combine 20 and First Class coach 5.





Nevada Northern 81 passed a building in the East Ely yard.





Back up move for Nevada Northern 93.











Photo runby one with Nevada Northern 93 at the wig-wag crossing.













Photo runby two with Nevada Northern 81 at the wig-wag crossing.







Back up move with Nevada Northern 81.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 93 here. We all reboarded the train before we headed east on the railroad.











Photo runby three with Nevada Northern 93 at the Moser Cut.













Photo runby four with Nevada Northern 81 at the Moser Cut. I followed Kevin Gilliam to a spot further up the Moser Cut.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81.











Photo runby five with Nevada Northern 81 at the Moser Cut. We relocated west down the dirt road to the Moser Fill.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 on the way to the Moser Fill.











Photo runby six with Nevada Northern 81.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81.











Photo runby seven with Nevada Northern 81 at the Moser Fill.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 93.











Photo runby eight with Nevada Northern 93 at the Moser Fill.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 93. From here we backed down the track to a brand new photo location.







Back up move with Nevada Northern 93 at the lower curve.











Photo runby nine with Nevada Northern 81 at the lower curve.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81.











Photo runby ten with Nevada Northern 81 at the lower curve.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81.













Photo runby eleven with Nevada Northern 81 at the lower curve. Our train returned to pick us up and we returned to the East Ely station. Lunch was served but I could not eat it. I went to the station and bought both volumes of "Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California" by David Myrick, saving twenty-two dollars as a member of the Nevada Northern Railway. In the afternoon, the steam engines would double-head with a freight train while our passenger train, minus the open air car and caboose, would be pulled by Nevada Northern SD9 204.





We left East Ely at 12:46 PM after switching to the route of Keystone.





We all saw the doubleheader which had a consist of Nevada Northern 81 and 93, ore cars 402 and 400, box cars 1024, 1025, 1021 and 1023 and caboose 3. Our passenger train took us up Robinson Canyon and stopped just short of the tunnel and dropped us off.





Our Nevada Northern SD9 204 would head up the canyon to get out of the way.













Photo runby twelve with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the tunnel in Robinson Canyon.





The back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.















Photo runby thirteen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the tunnel in Robinson Canyon.





The back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.













Photo runby fourteen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the tunnel in Robinson Canyon.









Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.

















Photo runby fifteen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the tunnel.







Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.









Our passenger train returned for us and it took us to the "S" curve in Robinson Canyon.





The car that I and my lovely wife Elizabeth are riding in, coach "Ruth". Our train cleared up the track to clear for photo runbys.











Photo runby sixteen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the "S" curve in Robinson Canyon.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.











Photo runby seventeen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the "S" curve.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.









Photo runby eighteen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 here.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.









Photo runby nineteen with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the "S" curve in Robinson Canyon.





Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.





Our train returned to pick as up and we return to the west end of the tunnel which, being in the curve, was a new photo location.

















Photo runby twenty with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the west portal of the tunnel in Robinson Canyon.







Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.









Photo runby twenty-one with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the west portal of the tunnel in Robinson Canyon.





Our passenger train came and picked us up and we went to the wig-wag crossing where they dropped us off.





That station wagon was back.







Back up move with Nevada Northern 81 and 93.











Photo runby twenty-two with Nevada Northern 81 and 93 at the wig-wag crossing. This completed our day and we returned to the Holiday Inn where Elizabeth cleaned up and then I had a shower and started on this story. At 6:15 PM we drove back to the Freight House for the banquet. Once seated, it was not long until Mark motioned to our table that it was our turn and most of us enjoyed salad, vegetarian and meat pasta with breadsticks. One of the volunteers, who lives in Michigan, showed a presentation on Reality Railroading at the Nevada Northern Railway. Mark Bassett, the President of the Nevada Northern Railway, gave thanks and acknowledgement to the steam crew and other volunteers who made this weekend such a success. He then showed a presentation on the re-building of Nevada Northern 2-8-0 81 and showed pictures of the re-build process. He also talked about volunteers and the necessity of bringing younger ones in to keep the skills and knowledge alive from one generation to the next. That ended the banquet and we returned to the hotel for the night.



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