Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark     Ely, NV 


Nevada Northern Railway Website

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Fast Facts

WHAT: This is the official website of the Nevada Northern Railway

WHEN: This website was planned in 2013 and launched in January 2014

WHO: Designed and developed for the Foundation under the direction of Mark Bassett, Executive Director of the Foundation by ArtZoft, a web development organization.

The NNRY.COM website was developed in 2014 under the direction of Mark S. Bassett, Executive Director of the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation, the non-profit organization that does business as the Nevada Northern Railway.   The mission of the Foundation is to present and preserve the history of short-line railroads in North America.  This website was designed and developed by ArtZoft, a web development organization.

Color Theme

The color theme of this website was selected to reflect important aspects of the Nevada Northern Railway.  The background color is Soot, which represents the very real aspect of this important historical preservation effort.  This is a real working railroad, with real working steam locomotives, so soot happens here!   The text is in Cream which represents a color prominent in the last generation of NNRY rolling stock and locomotives from the 50's and 60's.  The headline and hyperlink trim color is the deep yellow known as NNRY-Logo-Yellow.  It is taken from the yellow in the Nevada Northern Railway logo.

Technique

The NNRY.COM website makes extensive use of CSS to implement a the standard look-and-feel on every page.   This way, style is completely separated from content.   Several style "skins" using different color and font themes were tried before settling on the current soot, logo yellow, and cream theme. 

Headers, Menus, Slideshows, Calendars, Tables, Comment forms, and Footers are all automatically generated from templates.  The remaining text on each page is in simple HTML format for easy editing.   Tables appearing on the pages for pricing or summaries are all generated from simple, easy-to-maintain CSV tables. 

Interface to Back-Office Software Systems

The NNRY uses Blackbaud's Altru software package for membership, donations, and ticketing.  This site is designed specifically to integrate with Altru, although the APIs are equally applicable to most current museum software packages.  The ArtZoft calendar feature on event pages pulls events directly from Altru.  Once the use selects an event they are taken to Altru for ticketing.  The same is true of memberships.  Once a membership level is selected the user is taken to Altru for the membership payment.  This way event booking, membership registration, and payments are all handled by one system regardless whether the transaction originated on the web or in person.

The NNRY.COM style elements, including colors and fonts, were superimposed on the Altru ticketing, membership, and payment forms to the extent possible for a unified look-and-feel. 

A web storefront is under development.  This will interface to the merchandise capabilities in Altru to allow museums to sell merchandise on-line.  By integrating with Altru there will be unified catalog and inventory capability. 

Software Components

The following features draw on open-source software development efforts.  We would like to acknowledge the contributions and collaboration with these fine organizations:

Search box:                   KSearch
Storefront:                      ZenCart
Comment Engine:        Commentrics
MegaMenu:                   Universal Megamenu
Slideshow                     GalleryView

Additional design consultation provided as a courtesy to the Foundation by April Raber Fine Art.  April Raber is a plein-air artist known for her work in depicting cityscape, industrial, and railroad scenes.

We have tested this website for Section 508 compliance so those who are visually impaired and depend on web readers can participate in learning what is here.    If you find any areas that are difficult for web reading software to navigate please let us know.

Goals for the Future

If you find any areas of the website that aren't clear, or any other comments, please let us know.

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