Ely, NV High 82 Low 55
First thing, we went for breakfast at the All Aboard Cafe. I sure wish I could tell you that it was a wonderful breakfast, but it wasn’t. Eggs were runny even after returning them for more cooking. Toast and potatoes were cold and the bacon very limp. Extremely disappointing.
However, the next part of our morning was excellent.
We headed down the street to the Ely Train Station and a step back into the 19th Century.
Jim waiting to board.
Our conductor, Richard,
hollered All Aboard and we climbed into the passenger car being pulled by old Engine 93.
#93 is a one of four Consolidations built by Alco in 1909 for the American Smelters Securities Co., to haul ore trains on the Nevada Northern Railway at a cost of $17,610.
Steam from Engine 93.
The locomotive weighs 187,000 lbs, 168,000 lbs on its drivers, and has 51" drivers and 21" x 30" cylinders. A coal burner operating at a boiler pressure of 190 psi it delivers 41,890 lbs tractive effort.
I took so many pictures but I’ve tried to pick out just the ones I really think are special.
So much rusty stuff, Diana would love it here.
Mining town ruins
It was a wonderful journey and we are both glad we took the time to ride the rails.
This afternoon we went down to the Hotel Nevada. It opened in 1929 and was the tallest building in the state as well as the first fire-proof building. Rooms rented for $1.50 and up, “All with private toilet; 85% with private bath.”
Prohibition was still in effect when the hotel opened, and from the beginning bootlegged refreshment and gambling were available 24 hours a day. “Bathtub Gin” made from raw alcohol, water, and flavorings and “White Lightening” was conveniently supplied by local individuals.
I won $60 when I put in my $5 that I allowed for gambling. Believe me, I cashed out.
Jim said to be sure and tell all of you THANKS for the birthday wishes. He doesn’t like getting older but he had a great week-end.