Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark        Ely, NV

This structure has obviously had a hard life.
Wow.  Look at what a little attention has brought
Several years ago the bunkhouse received the royal treatment.  What a difference!
Those beautiful, original 1912 boxcars of ours get repainted about every 7 years
Boxcar 1024, literally as good as new after over 100 years of service<br>No, this is not an HO model. This is a current picture of the real thing

Mother Nature Takes Her Toll - Be Part of the Solution

Spend a few days helping to push back the hands of time

Fast Facts

WHAT: Volunteers who can paint will spend some time together re-painting building and rolling stock that are in need of help.

WHEN: May 20-27th 2018, but you are welcome to help anytime.

WHO: Volunteers and friends of volunteers are welcome.

BRING: Painting clothes. We will supply the rest. It might be cold, it might be hot. Be prepared for either.

HOW:Email to let us know you are coming

BBQ: Did someone mention the BBQ? Sunday afternoon, May 27th we will throw a party for all of those who helped.

Thank you to everyone who participated in 2018!   We look forward to having the same event in 2019. If you can't wait, please let us know and will find a way to have you help out sooner.

Sometimes good things come out bad things. Last fall one of the original 1907 buildings was hit by a pickup truck.  It was a sad hit-and-run. The truck hit the building so hard it knocked it off its tie foundation. The front of the building was twisted.  At first glance it looked like the building could not be saved.

We were fortunate.  Thanks to the diligence of the White Pine County Sherriff’s Department, deputies found the driver. A close examination of the building showed it could be saved, but it would be expensive. A settlement was offered by the driver's insurance company that would cover the cost of repairing the building. It was accepted.

To do the repairs some of the siding had to be replaced. The siding was custom milled to match the existing siding. Of course the new siding would have to be painted. The last time this building was painted was during the 1960s or 1970s. The desert sun isn’t kind to the dark railroad red paint, it fades it. So we had a choice, either paint the building in faded red paint or repaint the building in the proper color, we chose to repaint the building with the proper color and trim. And wow, what a difference as the photos show. An eyesore was turned into an asset!

As we look around we find many more building that can be preserved with similar TLC.  We have designated the week before Memorial Day is our very first Paint the Railroad Red Week and BBQ. We have big buildings and small buildings that all need a new coat of paint. We also have four boxcars that need repainting. Our goal is to paint as many buildings as we can that week. The railroad will supply the paint, brushes and ladders. What we’re looking for are helpers who can come out and Paint the Railroad Red.  If you can do the entire week, Great!  If you can only do the weekend that’s fine too. We’ll take any and all help.

To celebrate our accomplishments that week, we will have a BBQ Sunday afternoon to kick back and admire our work.

The first Paint the Railroad Red Week is from May 20-27, if can you participate let us know. Give us a call (775) 289-2085 or drop us an e-mail at

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Heidi Still (Box Elder) says...
I came the week before and spent 6 days removing paint, reseating nails, cleaning up the broken glass, nails and other trash from the base of the Electrical Building. I scrapped paint from the lower part I could reach without a ladder. Was hard work but rewarding - The staff and other volunteers were AWESOME TO ME AND VERY FRIENDLY. Enjoyed getting to know them and seeing the hard work they do to keep this place going. The KOA is a great place to stay and was fun exploring the area. Beautiful area. And the Hardware store in town is awesome.
Admin: Heidi,  Thank you for your help on the Paint the Railroad Red project!  It was apprecaited!!!