2 historic 1952 diesel locomotives headed back home to Ely, Nevada

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This 1978 photo provided by the Nevada Northern Railway Museum shows Locomotive 401 just east of the main tunnel on the Nevada Northern Railway west of Ely, Nev. It was the first special duty model General Motors built in 1952 in its Electro-Motive Division. It was the only one painted in the “Desert War Bonnet” scheme, a cream, scarlet and black design that remains on the train today. It’s scheduled to be returned next month to the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely where it was located for three decades. (Nevada Northern Railway Museum via AP)

RENO, Nev. — Two historic locomotives that were part of the pioneering shift from steam-powered to diesel-electric trains in the mid-1900s are coming back to their home in a northeast Nevada railyard.

Built in 1951, Locomotive 201 is the last survivor among 38 experimental models manufactured by the American Locomotive Company.

It is scheduled to be loaded onto a truck Nov. 2 at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, Washington bound for Ely.

Details are pending for the return of Locomotive 401 from Delta, Utah.

It was the first special duty model General Motors built in 1952.

Nevada Northern Railway President Mark Bassett says both are “one-of-a-kind locomotives.”

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