Ready for some Halloween Fun? The Hauted Ghost Train will run to toward the Old Ruth Mine in October. Details Here....... Snow will be here soon. Book the Polar Express early. Most trips sell out.

Haunted Ghost Train of Old Ely

Dare to Ride

Haunted Ghost Train

A certain chill comes across the Ghost Train of Old Ely each October. There seems to be legions of demons, ghosts, and goblins invading the otherwise peaceful setting here on some October nights.

We dare to send a trainload of brave souls out on several weekend nights in October to witness it for themselves.  Do you dare join them this year?  Find out how.

The Polar Express


Your family will experience a real-life Polar Express train trip to the North Pole!   Along the way you will be served hot chocolate and cookies and hear the Polar Express story from the beloved book.

Santa will board the train to greet each of you and personally leave a souvenir with each child.   Imagine you and your family singing Christmas carols on a real train ride this year.  No one in your family will ever forget this train ride together. This often sells out, so Book early.

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 10-12 and Feb 17-19  2017

Experience authentic American short-line railroading right out the early 1900's by participating in the annual Winter Steam Spectacular.  Imagine a weekend of vintage locomotives and rolling stock staring in special photo run-bys and night scenes.

You will return with new memories, new friends, and photos of a lifetime.  Find out how you can be in the photo line this year.


Daily - Check for details:

                     Be the Engineer - DIESELclick to reserve
                     Overnight at the Museumclick to reserve
                     Walking Tour of the Yard

Saturday, October 22

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train
   07:00 PM Haunted Ghost Train

Sunday, October 23

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

Wednesday, October 26

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Friday, October 28

Saturday, October 29

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train
   07:00 PM Haunted Ghost Train

Sunday, October 30

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

View the full train and event schedule

2017 Schedule Summary

Starting Aprl 8, 2017:
   Fridays     4:30pm STEAM
   Saturdays 1:00pm STEAM
   Sundays    9:30am STEAM

Starting May 26th, 2017:
   Fridays     4:30pm STEAM
   Saturdays  1:00pm and 4:30pm STEAM
   Sundays    9:30am STEAM
   Mondays   9:30am STEAM
   Wed and Thru 9:30am DIESEL

In Addition, starting July 4th:
    Tuesdays 9:30 DIESEL

Be the Engineer STEAM:   Available most days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL:   Can be arranged for almost anytime
Ride with the Engineer or Ride in the Caboose:  Available on all regular trains

Reduced schedule starts after Labor Day (September and October similar to April)

On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available 1/1/2017

Be the Engineer

Experience of a lifetime

You are at the throttle for two hours as you take one of our vintage locomotives from Ely up toward the Ruth mine. You will experience two tunnels, and 2.5% grades.  

Main-line standard-gauge mountain railroading at its best!  This is the experience of a lifetime.  Hear from others who have actually done it.

If you like, this experience can be shared with a friend.  It also makes a great gift.  Why not share it together this year?

Fast Facts

OPEN DAILY:  EXCEPT  Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day.  Also closed on Tuesdays, other than July and August.

HOURS:  Gift shop and ticket desk open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later) For a walking tour arrive one hour prior to closing.  Click for train schedule

WHERE:  In the mountains of Central Nevada.   1100 Avenue A,  Ely, NV (at the end of  E.11th Street, off of US 93)

WHY:  Acclaimed as the best preserved and most original example of an American railroad facility. Passenger train rides operate on the original main line, many behind one of our original working steam engines.

PHONE:  775-289-2085 or
866-40-STEAM  (866-407-8326)

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum:

Track for the Nevada Northern Railway was laid over a century ago, connecting one of the largest copper mines in North America to the Transcontinental routes to the North. Today, several of the original large standard-gauge steam locomotives that were ordered and delivered new to the railroad over a century ago are still in operation.   The Nevada Northern Railway is the best-preserved example of a standard-gauge short-line left in North America.

Come to Ely, NV and immerse yourself in historic railroad experiences:

Right from your home you can connect with the what is going on here.  Take a peek at our live webcam or explore the  panoramic virtual reality.  Also consider becoming a member or volunteer to help with the preservation, operation, and restoration work here.   It's true that getting here can be half the fun, so start planning your trip tonight.   We are located on what has been called "The Loneliest Highway in America."  Find out why. 

You can book tickets right on this website.  For more information call us at 775-289-2085 or 866-40-STEAM (866-407-8326), or email us.   The Nevada Northern Railway Museum, Depot, and Gift Shop is located at 1100 Avenue A  Ely, NV.  We are open daily from 8am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on nights when later trains are scheduled).  We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day, as well as Tuesdays September through June.   For a walking tour of the museum arrive one hour prior to closing.   The Gift Shop features a variety of souvenirs and gifts.   All merchandise is tax-free.   Your patronage helps preserve history and support ongoing Museum restoration projects.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 2014, 2015, 2106
Best Event in Rural Nevada The Polar Express - 2013, 2014
Nevada State Treasure Best Preservation Effort in the West Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007
Best Museum in Rural Nevada 2013, 2010, 2009
Best Museum - Special Recognition - 2010
Favorite Nevada Attraction Best Rural Museum in Nevada 2008