Living in Nevada, gaming is all around you. When you roll the dice, sometimes you hit snake eyes and sometimes you hit big. I had heard great things about the Nevada Northern Railway’s Photography Workshops so I rolled the dice and drove to Ely. Oh boy, did I hit the jackpot!
The Nevada Northern Railway ( https://nnry.com/) was a short line serving the mining community in White Pine County. The Railway began operating in 1906 and ceased operations in 1983 when the mine closed. In its heyday, the Railway transported ore from the mines to the smelter, workers from their homes to and from work, and students to and from school. When the mines closed and the Railway ceased operations in 1983, the workers put everything away and locked the doors anticipating that the mine would reopen as it had in the past. Long story short, the mine did not reopen for many years and when it did, ore processing had changed and the Railway was no longer needed. The mining company donated the Railway assets to the local community and the rest is history (pun intended). The Nevada Northern Railway is a National Historic Landmark, America’s best preserved short line and complete rail facility. They have all records and most of the equipment from the time the Railway began operations to present day.
The Railway is based in the East Ely Yard. The Depot houses the museum and gift shop, and is the first stop on any visit. The workshop began on Thursday afternoon with a get together. I arrived in Ely the day before and spent some time in the East Ely Yard to explore on my own. The following pictures are around the Yard.
And a new adventure begins. Stay tuned for the rest of the photo weekend! Enjoy – Photorogr
Great work. You need to be sure that Chief Carlini sees this. He apparently has a scale model of your subject matter in the bonus room at his house. He’s quite the NNRR fan.
On Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 2:29 PM The PHOTOROGR Project wrote:
> The PHOTOROGR Project posted: “Living in Nevada, gaming is all around you. > When you roll the dice, sometimes you hit snake eyes and sometimes you hit > big. I had heard great things about the Nevada Northern Railway’s > Photography Workshops so I rolled the dice and drove to Ely. Oh boy, d” >
Way cool! Is the RIP building what it sounds like?
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I’m not sure. We didn’t go in and I didn’t ask while I was there. I guess I have some homework to do. Thanks!
RIP stands for repair in place. It’s essentially the car shop where repairs were made to the freight cars on the railroad. Copper ore can be quite corrosive so I’m sure the ore cars visited many times during their lives. Now the NN uses the building as indoor storage for their two historic passenger cars and some other things.
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Thanks Jason! This was one of the questions I wanted to ask while I was there but never got around to! Looking forward to next year’s workshop! PHOTOROGR