Nevada Northern 10 - "ELY"
1889 Business Car
The Nevada Northern operated a mining railroad near Ely, Nevada, carrying rich copper ore 160 miles north to connections with the Western Pacific.
This open-platform wooden car (which later received steel side sheathing and an enclosed platform on one end) is one of the finest examples of early business cars. Used by railroad officials as a traveling office, it provided two elegant staterooms, a lounge, dining room, galley, and crew quarters.
Originally built as Savannah, Florida & Western 100, it served on the NN from 1906 until 1947, then ran as Gulf, Mobile & Ohio business car 10 for the next ten years. In 1959, North American Car Company refurbished it, and donated the car to IRM in 1962. The ornate interior remains almost entirely original.
The Ely is the oldest "steam road" passenger car in IRM's collection.
Builder: Pullman Palace Car
Capacity: 10 passengers
Empty Weight: 143,200 lbs
Nominal Length: 75 feet
Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.
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