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:
We went and saw the remains of the Belmont Mill.
On site, there was some sort of support building. Nobody knows what this building used to be.
Same with the remnants of this wooden structure:
Due to vandalism and age, there were pieces from the mill all over the site:
Inside the mill, however, was a steam-driven wheel that controlled and powered some of the processing.
The Robinson Mine is an open-pit copper mine in northwestern Nevada. As part of the SIA Fall Tour (2007), we were allowed to go into one of the processing facilities, as well as overview the mine from an observation deck.
Inside the processing facility were several large ball mills:
Here are several of the drill bits used in this mine for drilling holes for blasting.
Here is the copper mine pit itself:
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: