One of the more fascinating areas at the Nevada Northern Railway was the Repair In Place (RIP) yard. Here, cars could be repaired while sitting on the tracks. There was a long warehouse structure over the tracks that served as a shelter while repairs were being made. We were given a tour of this shop, and though the lighting was not great, I took quite a few photographs of the place.
From the shop, we could see all sorts of other things around the yard:
Inside the shop, there was some diagnostic equipment for working on cars:
There was also portable repair equipment, such as these portable air tanks:
or this portable cement mixer or portable corrugated metal machine:
We got to see inside of a caboose:
There were some journal boxes to see as well. Journal boxes lead directly to the wheel bearings. A waxy grease is placed in these boxes, and that keeps the bearings lubricated. Occasionally, however, the grease would catch on fire, and these were replaced with more modern bearing sets.
I photographed a few nameplates, but didn’t write down (or photograph) where I saw them:
One thing that really struck me was how ornate the passenger cars were decorated.
…and this passenger car was deluxe, because it had its own stove.
Part of the SIA Fall Tour 2007 included a tour of the Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive shop and Repair In Place (RIP) shop. These shops are real treasures!
From the outside, the shops look like:
Inside, from above, the shop looked like:
There was a lathe big enough to turn railroad axles:
Also, there were all sorts of milling equipment, all in working order. Look at the size of the end mill and the bits it used!
The Nevada Northern Railway was repairing and restoring Locomotive #93, which was disassembled in the shop.
Inside the shop, there were several other pieces of railroad equipment, such as this rotary snowplow:
this “wrecking outfit” for repairing and removing cars that had derailed or needed repairs on the track:
and this #109 diesel engine:
Here is a photo of the freight depot:
Inside, I found a sheet describing which carbon brushes to use for each device:
No thanks, I’m not thirsty.
I also found an old typewriter:
…and a wheel pattern for sand casting new wheels:
There was a scale:
…and some other miscellaneous freight equipment:
This was another lovely discovery:
As part of the Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour 2007, we traveled to see the Ruth Mine.
I had to do some digging on this topic to figure out my own notes. I had listed that the Ruth Mine was being torn down. This is partially true- the Ruth Mine Headframe was being torn down. The land belongs to Robinson Copper, and they are expanding their facility adjacent to the old Ruth Mine headframe, and thus, it is being torn down.
Here are some photos of the headframe in 2007. It’s a shame to see such an elegant structure come down, but it belongs to Robinson, and they can do what they want.
Next to the headframe was a storage tank of some sort. I don’t know exactly what this did, but it likely held the ore until it could be moved by the Nevada Northern Railroad. The first few pictures aren’t that impressive- but then when you see the people standing next to the tank, you’ll see that this was an exceptionally large structure.
Also, there was a large shed on site. It is unclear what part of the mining operation occurred in this shed.
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As part of the Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour (2007), we toured the Nevada Northern Railroad, including their railyard. I’ve posted several times about some of the neat things we saw, but here are some projects that were in the works while we were visiting.
There was a crane bucket for repairing areas along the track:
There were three diesel locomotives that were on track to be restored. I only got the tag from one of them (I didn’t know much about locomotives back then)- Southern Pacific 4303.
There was also a water tower. I can’t remember, but this might have been in use (already restored).
I hope you enjoyed my post!
On the Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour 2007, I got to wander around the Nevada Northern railyard. The night before, we got to ride on the train, which was being pulled by Engine 40.
On site, there was a RIP yard, where RIP stands for “Repair In Place.” Damaged cars would roll into this shop and be repaired right there on the railline leading into the shop.
Outside of the shop, there was a very large pile of break pads. If you think about how many brake pads are on each rail car, and you can see how quickly this pile would be expended.
There were several box cars on site that were in need of renovation. I always enjoy seeing the Cotton Belt cars, wherever I see them.
Around the yard, there were a railroad bucket, likely used to move ballast around to repair the railroad.
I will post more photos over the next few days. I hope you enjoyed this post.
As part of the Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour 2007, we got to see the guts of a sanding tower as used in the railroad industry. This sanding tower was a work in progress, and was being restored by the Nevada Northern Railroad in Ely, NV.
Sanding towers were used to dispense sand to locomotives. The sand was poured into the locomotive and then dispensed on the railroad track just in front of the wheels should the locomotive have to climb a steep grade.
This sanding tower used steam power to turn a winch that moved sand upwards.
The sand dumped into a chute that led to the locomotive.
Inside the sanding tower, you can see the winch and the lift buckets for moving sand.
The winch is shown here:
I hope you enjoyed my post. I have some neat stuff to post over the next few days, and I hope you’ll check back often!