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Rarely would a railroad magazine write an obituary for a cat. But “Dirt the Shop Cat” wasn’t most felines.
On Wednesday, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum announced that its orange and white shop cat named Dirt had died on Tuesday. He was 15 years old.
Dirt was discovered in the railroad’s locomotive shop all alone as a kitten in 2008. Not wanting the little cat to starve, the shop crews started providing him with cans of tuna and soft cat food. It took time, but after a while, the cat started to trust the workers, and shortly after that, the master mechanic brought him to a vet for a checkup.
After a while, the cat realized that the warmest place in the entire shop was in the cabs of the railroad’s two steam locomotives, NNRy 4-6-0 40 and 2-8-0 93. Because of that, the cat’s fur started getting dirty so the crews nicknamed it “Dirtbag.” Later it was shortened to “Dirt.”