The Magic Of Steam Locomotives


The magic of steam locomotives is kept alive in many places, and none are more accessible than the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely, Nevada. Your ticket to the museum includes the grounds and the shops, where you’re (mostly) free to roam, and imagine, as I did in September.




16 thoughts on “The Magic Of Steam Locomotives”

    1. A vote for the Wrenches! That was the first one I processed. But the whole shop was a delight; no problem using a tripod, either, just had to stay out of the way and avoid grease spots. I wished I lived closer, but that might take a bit of the magic away…

    1. Thanks, Janet. The NNR is living history, and I’m always glad to visit. When I was in the museum they had a gallery of black and white photos up, circa 1980s to about 2000, really nice work. And they’re continually piecing together all the items they have—every bill and time sheet since they opened! The story is, they didn’t want to carry everything down from the second floor when the railway officially closed, so they just left it as-is. Looking at it, I can see why.

  1. Reblogged this on Unmeasured Journeys and commented:
    As you can probably tell by now, I LOVE photography and one thing that is so awesome about blogging is being able to connect with other photographers.

    Trains have been a big part of our life. Our first home was in a rural area, right beside the railroad tracks. For 8 years, train whistles filled our days and nights and rattled our dishes.

    When Little Bit was two, his favorite thing was trains. I thought it was quite fitting, since he heard them all the time. We always had a plastic track set up on the floor.

    When he was still two we moved to our house now. Although we aren’t right next to the tracks anymore, we can still hear the train over the hills.

    The railroad is really an important part of the landscape around here. All of our area small towns have tracks running through them. I love that. There’s such a history in it.

    When I saw this post, honestly, I fell in love with it. Even though it is about steam engines, it hits home for me and I thought it would be a great one to share.

    Thank you, Mr. Stormont for letting share your amazing photographs. What an honor!

    1. Jessica…what a great story. I’ve never lived close to trains or tracks, but like many simply acquired the taste. A lot of it is to do with railroad history, which is still visible. For me, the locomotives of the 1920s to their closing are my favorites. Thanks for sharing them with your readers, too.

      1. Thank you so much for letting me share it. I’ll have to look into the one’s from the 1920’s. There is a small outdoor steam locomotive museum about 40 miles from here. I haven’t been there yet, it’s on my list of Need to See’s. You can see their trains from the highway. Looks pretty neat.

      2. Train whistles of that era were often “tuned” by the engineer to give them unique sounds…identities. You didn’t have to see their locomotive to know who it was in the middle of the night. Hearing some of those surviving engines will give you shivers; while we have loud diesel sounds that are generic now. Music, or Muzak? Progress!!

      3. I didn’t know that they were tuned and had unique sounds. I love that! That definitely would’ve made our 8 years worth of train blasts more fun!

        Only one time in 8 years did I see a passenger train go by. That was pretty neat. There’s an Amtrack now that runs from Kansas City to St Louis that I’d like to take. Just to say I rode one. I bet it’s different than the rides in the 20’s.

        You’ve inspired me to write a post on railroad pockets watches. My dad and husband are collectors. There’s neat history in them. I have a few watches myself. So, thank you!

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