2007 Coast 2 Coast travel blog

Early departure

Entering the first tunnel on the way to the old Kennecott Copper...

Great day for an open car

The old Kennecott mine


The yards

Replacing a driver bearing in the shop

The Northern Nevada Railroad Museum and a ride on the Ely Ghost Train are the best way to start any day. It is full of excitement, humor, fun, and history. The morning started with a nearly two hour round trip ride from Ely to the old Kennecott Copper Mine, and ended with a fascinating tour of the engine shops and maintenance yard.

The ride is short compared to the ride from Durango to Silverton, Colorado, and we were not expecting as much, but this trip and museum are every bit as good. And the tour of a working repair shop was a rare treat. They were in the process of tearing down their biggest engine and replacing a bearing on one of the driver axels, and we got to go into the shop and see the job in progress. A wonderful glimpse into our history, and into the ongoing efforts to perserve it for future generations.

We headed next for Great Basin National Park, and again we found our expectations far short of the reality. Surely this park is one of the undiscovered gems of the National Park system. We spent the next three nights there and the Upper Lehman Creek Campground is the standard by which we will measure all other campgrounds in the future!

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