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Nevada Northern fundraising drive seeks to keep 4-6-0 No. 40 in operation

By | May 13, 2022

Baldwin built for railroad in 1910 needs more than $1 million in work

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Two steam locomotive lead a freight train upgrade through a hilly valley with snow-capped mountains in the background.
Two steam locomotive lead a freight train upgrade through a hilly valley with snow-capped mountains in the background.
Nevada Northern Railway 4-6-0 No. 40 leads 2-8-0 No. 93 on a freight photo charter in arid central Nevada. (Trains collection)

ELY, Nev. — Nevada Northern Railway is beginning a fundraising drive to raise the more than $1 million needed to continue operation of Baldwin 4-6-0 No. 40, built for the railroad in 1910, and will double donations through a one-for-one matching grant.

The locomotive is facing its 1,472-day boiler inspection, last undertaken in 2004, and needs running-gear repairs which were already evident during the prior boiler work but the railroad was not able to fund. At least two of the locomotives three driving axles date to 1924 — the third is not dated — and axle 3 is at its condemning limit, meaning the locomotive cannot be operated unless it is replaced. The total cost of the builder and running -work Is estimated at $1.29 million.

As part of the fund drive, all donations — including memberships and the “Sponsor a Part” program for the boiler, drivers, and axle brass — will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by a Save America’s Treasures grant.

More information about the project and the Nevada Northern is available at the railroad’s website.

One thought on “Nevada Northern fundraising drive seeks to keep 4-6-0 No. 40 in operation

  1. In regular service, 40 took an RPO-baggage combine and a coach from Ely to Cobre on the SP and back. In 1941, a bus took over, going to Elko instead. The bus is long gone but the train is still there.

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