The Eureka & Palisade


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This new book tells the story of the narrow gauge Eureka & Palisade and its successor, the Eureka Nevada. Persevering through floods, fires, and the ebb and flow of the mining industry it served, the E&P was born in the bonanza era of Nevada mining and ran until the Great Depression and declining metal prices shut it down. Before that end, it hauled millions in gold, silver, and lead through the sagebrush covered hills of Nevada, cementing its place in the annals of great narrow gauge railroads.

The E&P used everything from brand new, ornately-painted Victorian era locomotives and cars, to a motley collection of secondhand, thirdhand, and homebuilt equipment to soldier on in the 1920s and ’30s. The saga of the E&P is told in exquisite detail in 10 chapters of comprehensive text, 450 photos and illustrations, 41 maps, and 18 equipment drawings. Also included is a complete and detailed equipment roster, extensively illustrated.


Part One: The Eureka & Palisade

  • Chapter One: Pittsburgh of the West, 1864-1873
  • Chapter Two: A Magnificent Enterprise, 1873-1876
  • Chapter Three: The “Three By Three,” 1876-1881
  • Chapter Four: Hard Times and Mixed Trains, 1882-1902
  • Chapter Five: High Water, 1902-1910

Part Two: The Eureka Nevada Railway

  • Chapter Six: The John Sexton Years, 1912-1925
  • Chapter Seven: As Rich as Old Croesus, The Rise and Fall of the Eureka Smelting Company, 1917-1927
  • Chapter Eight: The Last Go–Around, 1927-1938
  • Chapter Nine: Timetables, Operations on the Narrow Gauge, 1874-1938
  • Chapter Ten: Mileposts, a Gazetteer of the Eureka & Palisade


  1. Locomotives
  2. Motorcars
  3. Passenger Cars
  4. Freight Cars
  5. Work & Company Cars
  6. Equipment Drawings
  7. Employees

Map Index




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