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Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular Part 2 2/27/2021

by Chris Guenzler

The alarm went off at 6:00 and we got ourselves ready. Upon our arrival at the Nevada Northern Railway, it was quiet and we found some of our fellow participants in the waiting room area of the gift shop and ticket office. Elizabeth had a hot chocolate, a granola bar and an apple and I just had an orange juice since there was no donuts that was mentioned. It was was not long until we walked down to the engine shed.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93. Elizabeth and I went into the shop building.

Nevada Northern 4-6-0 40.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 81.

Nevada Northern 4-6-0 40.

Nevada Northern RS-3 13.

Nevada Northern RS-3 109.

Nevada Northern RS-2 105.

Nevada Northern SD9 204.

Shop Scene.

Nevada Northern Baldwin V01000 801.

Kennecott Baldwin Lima Hamilton S-12 802 built for New York Central as 9313. This was the switcher at the McGill Smelter.

Nevada Northern electric locomotive 81.

Nevada Northern 4-6-0 40.

Nevada Northern Box Car 1021. We then went outside.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 came by the wheels and ran to east of the car shop.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 did a blow down.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 standing still.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 moved east a little ways.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 backed down to the engine house.

Kennecott Copper Mines crane 1228.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 photo runby one.

The photo line for that runby.

The backup move.

Photo runby two. They called us over to the boarding location and we had a short safety meeting led by Con Trumbull.

Photo runby three.

The engine backing onto our train. Our consist was Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93, Nevada Northern hoppers 402 and 400, Nevada Northern box cars 1024 and 1028, Nevada Northern Outfit Car 06 and Nevada Northern caboose 3. Once the locomotive was attached, I was the first passenger to board the train and took a seat next to the coal stove. Elizabeth sat beside me. We departed at 8:41 AM and headed east to the Big Cut on the Hi-Line, as far east as we would be going today.

This coal stove, stoked by Con Trumbull, kept the two of us, and everyone else, warm each time we came back from the photo runbys.

A view outside toward the east of the snow on the mountains.

Future trackage for me to ride someday if they ever upgrade it.

Passengers in the Outfit Car, practicing safe riding and all wearing masks during this COVID-19 outbreak in America.

The sun trying to shine through the clouds.

Looking west across the Steptoe Valley.

It appears we are coming into a snow storm as we head up the Hi Line.

Another photographer borrowed my camera to take a picture of my lovely wife Elizabeth and I.

It was snowing out as we neared our photo runby location at the Big Cut. The train stopped and we headed outside for the static shots and photo runbys.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 stopped at the Big Cut at MP 5.2.

Nevada Northern Outfit Car 06.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 backs into the big cut.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 in the big cut.

Nevada Northern 2-8-0 93 static shot in the big cut.

Looking north into the Septoe Valley.

The photo line at the big cut.

Photo runby four.

The back up move.

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