(Alturas, CA) – It is with great enthusiasm that we introduce to you the newest railroad preservation society in the western states: the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. As a historical society, we are dedicated to preserving the legacy of the three-foot narrow gauge railway that ran from Reno, Nevada to Lakeview, Oregon and through Sierra Valley to Clio, California. Our focus on this 50-year narrative of the region’s history allows us to go deeper into the records of one of the longest narrow gauge railroads in the country.
Headquartered in Alturas, CA, we are surrounded by several of the remaining facilities once built and occupied by the N-C-O Ry. after its move from Reno, NV. in 1917. The administration building, in its unique mission-nuevo architecture, the last remaining employee house, the engine shop where many of the later rolling stock were built, the pump house that supplied water to locomotives and facilities, and the freight depot and passenger depot are all standing as reminders of an earlier time.
We look forward to partnering with other organizations and individuals to create a robust online collection of documents, photos, and stories to share. We also are working with private owners to acquire and preserve the remaining rolling stock and equipment to bring the N-C-O Ry. back to life.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you have any information, documentation or items that may assist in preserving the history of the N-C-O Ry, please contact us at Contact@NCORy.org. We are looking for: newspaper articles, journals, letters, shipping receipts, tickets and passes, photographs, postcards, drawings, track items, depot and railway signage, boxcar or passenger car parts, railroad tools, or a family story told verbally. We seek anything that may help us learn more about this unique part of our region’s railroad history.
As the Board of Directors of the newly formed Nevada-California-Oregon Railway, we are excited to get this organization moving forward! A few projects are in the works, and we will be pleased to share with you as we make progress in the coming weeks. So, join us as we dive into the history of the N-C-O Ry. by exploring our website NCORy.org, subscribing to our E-Blasts, and following us at Facebook.com/NCORy.org.