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Trains LIVE — In the Nevada Northern shop

By Bob Lettenberger | July 12, 2023

When Google and Siri can't help restore a steam locomotive you do it the old fashioned way

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Trains LIVE — In the Nevada Northern shop 7-12-2023 — There is a rich tradition being carried out inside the 1907 enginehouse at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely, Nev. Here mechanics work to restore locomotive No. 40, a 1910 Baldwin 4-6-0. The engine is a National Historic Landmark and an official Nevada state symbol — the locomotive of the state. Just how that is done is not information that you can simply find by asking Alexa or Siri. It can only come from the shared knowledge that is passed down through the generations.

Our conversation today features 20-year-old Lennox Purinton, Nevada Northern shop foreman, along with Mark Bassett, museum president. Join us as Purinton and Bassett talk about No. 40’s restoration and how they develop the knowledge needed to bring a 114-year-old steam locomotive back to life. As Purinton explains, this is something you just have to get in there and do.

This is Trains LIVE — In the Nevada Northern shop.

Two men in overalls working on a steam locomotive part.
The best way to restore a steam locomotive is the way that gets the job done. Nevada Northern Railway Shop Foreman Lennox Purinton (left) and Master Mechanic John Henry McDonnell use past knowledge and some experimenting to get it right as they restore locomotive No. 40  Steve Crise

Trains LIVE is a regular video segment, recorded live and unscripted from Kalmbach Media. The series began in July 2022.

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    1. Mike, a new episode of Trains LIVE is posted every other week on Wednesday at 2 p.m. (Central time). Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoy other programs in the series and the video content here on

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