Have you ever visited the Nevada Northern Railway? Nevada Northern Railway is a living history book of Nevada’s once prolific copper operations. The railroad itself dates back to the very early 20th century as a means of transportation to move the large amounts of copper being mined from south-central Nevada. As the price of copper began to plummet in the late 1970s Kennecott Minerals Company, then owner of the railroad closed down all of its operations, which today operates it as the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. Along with these trips the railroad also offers other attractions like train charters, locomotive rentals, cab rides, and caboose rentals. It is right to say that these 1906 train cars are not the only tourist attraction in the area.
Meet the Railway Cat Dirt, wandering around the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum. Famous for his distinct markings, he gives the appearance he’s been working all day on a locomotive, covered in coal.
“As tours walk through the building people are just amazed about hearing the history and the stories of the railroad. Then as if he knew it was his cue to appear Dirt just walks into the room where the tour is, or out from under one of the trains and sits in the middle of the group with a sense of pride that only he can have,” Eric Mencis, the manager of guest services and social media director of the railroad told Bored Panda.
Meet Dirt the Railway Cat and ‘King of the Shop’ at the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum
The engine house of the East Ely Railroad is the only home Dirt has ever known. He was born there 11-years ago as a stray cat.
“She [his mom] had her kittens under one of our trains, a 1907 built rotary snow plow to be exact. A Rotary Snow Plow is a huge steam-powered train snowblower. Mom and the other kittens left and this one stray was all alone but scared to come out. So our train crews would leave a can of tuna on a chair every night for this kitten, eventually, the kitten came out friendly up to the crews,” said Mencis.