Consolidation re-enters service on Nevada mining railroad

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Nevada Northern 2-8-0 No. 93 storms out of the tunnel above Keystone on Feb. 11, 2007.
Jeff Terry
ELY, Nev. — Just a few days shy of its 109th birthday, workers with the Nevada Northern Railway fired up 2-8-0 Consolidation type No. 93 for the first time since 2016 following an extensive boiler inspection and overhaul. The Nevada Northern Railway Museum ran the locomotive on Wednesday and will be using it on excursions this coming weekend.

Alco built No. 93 in January 1909 and is one of two steam locomotives in operating condition at the museum in Ely. No. 93 hauled ore for the railroad until the 1950s when it was put on display. The locomotive was first restored in the 1990s.

During the most recent overhaul, shop workers in Ely discovered red paint on the locomotive’s running boards that matched the cab doors. The museum decided to restore the red running boards like it wore in the 1920s and 1930s, says Executive Director Mark Bassett.

“Locomotives undergo many paint schemes over their life,” Bassett tells Trains News Wire. “So we decided to bring the red stripes back.”

With No. 93 back on the main line, workers are turning their attention to a second 2-8-0 that last steamed more than a half-century ago. The restoration of No. 81, a
Baldwin built for the ore-hauling railroad back in 1917, will give the Nevada Northern three operating steam locomotives.

More information is available online.
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