Wild West 2017 - 6: High Noon at Hiline Junction (50 p.)

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To the previous part of the series:
Wild West 2017 - 5: Sun & Steam in Steptoe Valley (50 p.)

The video for this series (please set to 1080p quality / full-screen mode):

General information about the Nevada Northern Railway:

Official page, including equipment roster:

Historical archive, including maps etc.:

Wikipedia page:

Line map:

Wikipedia page of the museum:

Book including historic photographs (Google Books preview, not all pages shown):

February 19 2017

We return to the Nevada Northern Railway mainline through Steptoe Valley east of Ely.

After a few still shots, #40 was set into motion again.

Looking for the pocket watch... no - of course it was the radio, conveying all necessary orders to the engine crew.

We shortly rode the train to a grade crossing at Hiline.

Across a dirt road occasionally used by pickups.

Next, we moved on a couple of yards...

... to Hiline Junction, with the line uphill to Adverse branching off.
Line plan: http://nnry.com/history/httpdocs/trackplans/Hiline8.gif

View north into the valley.

The train pushed back, past the "...ard Limit"... ;-)

To the left the former mainline, to the right the "Hi Line".

During the last run-past at this spot, it was sunny again.

Noon was approaching.

The switch was set.

And locked again.

The 3-chime Lunkenheimer brass whistle was ringing in the ears.

Only interrupted by hissing steam. The iron horse gradually started moving...

Subsequently, our train pushed back to the depot for lunch break.

We had to check out of the accommodation and carried our suitcases to the car. I drove to the station, as we would still have to go quite far that afternoon.

Upon my return, #40 already had been turned. The ALCo double-header had been scheduled as second train on the line, hauling the steam wrecking crane as the ore cars were only allowed within yard limits.

Approaching the water crane...

... just a bit more!


Vehicle parade in front of the pretty depot building.

Probably not much historical inaccuracy in this image.

Washing hands after throwing coal.

A last detailed view of this engine, purchased by the Nevada Northern in 1910 for $ 13,139.

Next, I drove to the "Keystone Line" grade crossing next to the old ore loading ramps, where we had been the first morning.
On the way, we crossed the former line into downtown Ely. Once, its track continued to the right of this image. The historical background: as the railroad was built, the company founded the settlement "Ely City" right next to the original town to gain space for a bigger depot and facilities. Inhabitants of Ely protested and sued, resulting in the extension of the line and new downtown depot, as well as "Ely City" being renamed "East Ely". This administrative division remained for most of the 20th century, a unified town of Ely only exists for a few decades. This is the origin of today's museum depot name.
To get to the" Keystone Line", trains must first reverse out of East Ely.

Then steam ahead, past the already known pond.

My colleagues approached in front of a mountain backdrop.

A single horse at the stables down below.

As it already was half past three, we prepared to say good bye to steam.

Panoramic view with depot to the right.

Next time a few more shots of this railroad - then we return to our roadtrip into the craziness of contemporary America! :)
This has been a simply wonderful series of photographs. I have looked forward to each series with anticipation. Thank you for sharing.
Dan Simmering

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