The kids love getting their ticket checked by the conductor as they board the train.
Once we got on, we found another surprise: more friends!! What a great day.
It was also volunteer day on the train, with several booths set up in one car showing off volunteer opportunities.
The girls found some fire chief hats. Desert Girl had decided the day before she was also going to wear a cape. I think capes are always in fasion.
After awhile inside, we headed out, where the girls posed.
And posed some more.
It was a beautiful day for a ride, and the train was nearly full.
Engine 40 took us easily up towards Ruth.
The mine tailings at Ruth are always impressive. Basically they moved a mountain to extract a lot of copper and a little of some other metals.
We opted to spend most of the downhill trip outside.
But first we had to turn around. We backed up, the engineers watching closely.
The little yellow caboose led the way.
We backed into Keystone Gulch, population 20. No, make that 18. Or maybe 17.
Fortunately the gallows were empty as we visited the little town.
On that afternoon, the population was zero.
But some bandits appeared and wanted to know if anyone would join their gang.
No one did, so we headed back to Ely. We did pause as one guy got kicked off the train. We were all impressed. If you misbehave, you have a long walk back. Fortunately everyone in our group stayed on the train.
We saw some smaller mines on the way back.
The tunnels are always highlights of the trip.
We noticed a fire truck as we went along town. Then we saw a big blackened area--a fire right next to the tracks! Did the train start it? I don't know, but fortunately the fire fighters kept it contained.
We crossed the road...
…and enjoyed the scenic views.
Have I mentioned it was a really beautiful day for a train ride?
Then we had a big steam blast, and before we knew it we were back at the station.
Nevada Northern Railway's website. All aboard!