A fun filled event!
Another fun filled weekend was had in Alturas as members and guests from around the west coast joined the N-C-O society. The plan was to move the 500 series refrigerator car, but after six weeks of snow and rain, the grounds proved too soft to bring a truck and trailer in. Saturday’s adventure allowed everyone an opportunity to tour the reefer, the only known surviving refrigerator car from the original railway.
Saturday evening’s dinner at the Brass Rail was another great night of meeting new folks and hearing of everyone’s interest in the N-C-O and other railroads of the region. Great stories were shared, historical discussions had, and lots of laughter and great conversation between all.
Sunday’s tour of the employee cottage was a great opportunity to see the unique structural design of renowned architect Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps. Originally built in 1917, the cottage was one of two built next to the railway’s administration building on Main Street. Today, the home still retains the original stone work and much of the interior remains as originally built with the exception of small addition on the back.
Over 25 folks attended the weekend and we believe it’s safe to say all had a wonderful time learning about the unique history of the N-C-O and the great occasion to tour rolling stock and structures from its past. We will meet again in the fall so make sure to sign up for our E-blasts to receive updates on the society and opportunities to help out!