Icy cold temps and lots of steam!
Originally built to serve a major copper producing area of White Pine County, Nevada, the Nevada Northern Railway connected Ely to the Southern Pacific Railroad at Cobre, Nevada.
In its heyday, many tons of copper ore were transported from the surrounding areas dotted with mines.
The Northern Nevada Railway was built by the Utah Construction Company in 1906 and spanned 140 miles of track between Ely and Cobre. Trackage was also added around the Ely area to other mines and the network became known as the “ore line”.
There were over 16,000 Baldwin 4-6-0 locomotives built and the Queen of Steam has the great distinction of spending her whole career with the Nevada Northern Railway. The Baldwin 4-6-0 became the best selling general service locomotive for the Baldwin Locomotive Company.
Let us know if you have ever visited the Northern Nevada Railway Museum! We would love to hear about your experience!