At 275 miles the NCO was one of the longest n.g. mainlines in the nation. According to Myrick's book a passenger trip over this lonely road took in excess of 17 hours! That had to be grueling. Considering that they tried to have the right equipment and onboard services for the passengers, it must have been a money-loser almost from the beginning. That is before taking into account that it served one of the remotest and sparsely-populated regions in the West.