In 2008 Dirt was born here, in the main locomotive repair shop, under one of our historic steam locomotives. He was shy little kitty who looked for nooks and crannies in the shop to hid in. The shop staff became attached to the little guy. Both the shop staff and the locomotive crews always liked to have him hang around the shop with them as they went about their tasks. With a can of Tuna here and there, and some attention every so often he fit right in to the rest of the routine in the shop.
Now days, Dirt is almost always front-and-center to great our museum guest and tours. He also loves to greet the locomotives as they return to the shop after a day of work out on the line. He is unflustered by the routine noises in the shop as the machinery operates. The shop has been his home, and all that he really knows. He just loves the attention from his fans and now has fans all over the world!
Dirt got his name because loves to roll in the Dirt in the back rooms of the engine house. He got his title, King of the Shop, because he carries out his role as official greeter and mascot in such a regal way. As you will see when you visit, he clearly sees himself as being the center of activity in the shop.
You can meet Dirt, here in Ely Nevada by visiting the Nevada Northern Railway. Dirt, King of the Shop, is almost always is holding court in the main locomotive overhaul shop of the Nevada Northern Railway. While your at it, come take a train ride! A guided tour of the main yards and shop is included in the cost of the train ticket.
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