The First National Bank of Ely challenged the Nevada Northern Railway Museum to raise $25,000 by Dec. 31. The bank will match dollar for dollar every dollar raised up to $25,000.
“The continued preservation of the Nevada Northern Railway is not only important to the community but also to my family,” FNB President John Gianoli said. “Annually the railroad brings almost $4,000,000 of tourist dollars into our community.
“My family has a direct connection to the railroad, my grandfather, Art Cahill started working at the Nevada Northern Railway in 1918 as a Call Boy. He retired in 1964 as the Master Mechanic of the railroad. This place matters not only to me and my family but to White Pine County as well. It is deserving of our financial support.”
Mark Bassett, executive director of the railroad echoed, Gianoli’s sentiments.
“The railroad has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark because of its completeness and the story that it tells,” Bassett said. “But preserving it for future generations is very expensive. The museum is responsible for preserving the entire railroad. This includes over 70 buildings and structures; four steam locomotives, two of which operate; twelve diesel locomotive, three of which operate; over 100 antique railroad cars; thirty miles of track and all of the utilities of the railroad, water, sewer and electrical. In addition to the physical plant, we also preserve the records of the railroad too. It is a huge undertaking that is very expensive.”
With those high costs, challenges like this can help make the difference to preserve the NNRy’s future.
“So when we receive a challenge grant, as we have from the Gianoli Family and the First National Bank of Ely, it is a win-win for everyone,” Gianoli said. “Every donation or membership that we receive by Dec. 31, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar. If a person contributes $50, the museum receives $100 because of the match. Or if a person purchases an Active Membership at $30, they receive a free ticket with their membership and the museum receives $60 because of the match. It is a win-win; it just doesn’t get any better than this.”
All donations and memberships over $25 will receive a special thank you from the museum, our 2014 Commemorative Coin. Annually the museum strikes a commemorative coin, the 2014 features Nevada Northern Railway Rotary Snow Plow B that was cosmetically restored in 2013.
For more information on the $25,000 Challenge Grant or to make a contribution please contact the museum at (775) 289-2085 or stop by at 1100 Avenue A, in Ely.