ELY, Nev.– The Nevada Northern Railway Museum (NNRY) welcomes history and railroad aficionados to the Iron Horse Symposium Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. This year’s theme focuses on delving deep into the early chapters of the railway’s history from 1900 to 1920.
The events scheduled are packed with immersive experiences that transport attendees back in time. Highlights include:
Insightful presentations shedding light on the railway’s unfolding featuring multiple guest speakers including Ann Requa (granddaughter of Mark Requa, the builder of the Nevada Northern Railway).
Sunset, Stars and Champagne Train: Includes drinks, finger foods and a panel discussion titled “Is this any way to run a railroad?”
Mini-Photo Shoot & Tour: Located at the NNRY’s East Ely Yard National Historical Landmark, followed by a train ride to the White Pine Public Museum.
“It really is one heck of an underdog story,” says NNRY President, Mark Bassett. “Who could imagine a community that just had the major employer shut down shop would get a railroad donated to them and actually operate it for 36 years?”
The cost of the symposium is $233.75 for members and $275 for non-members. The price includes all presentations, yard tour, two train rides, yard photo opportunities, continental breakfast and lunches.
Optional add-on tours include the Haunted Ghost Train, A line tour of the original NNRY line from East Ely to Cobre, Shafter, Goshute, Cherry Creek and return to East Ely and a tour of the Robinson Copper Mine, the reason for the railroad.
The weekend is chock full of special events focusing on the beginnings and history of the railroad. Tickets are now available for the main event and the optional add-on tours. You must register for the symposium to attend the optional tours.
Participants can secure tickets by phone at (775) 289-2085 or visit https://nnry.com/iron-horse-symposium-hands-on-history/ to purchase tickets online.