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.
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.
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?
This is one of the last, and best-preserved standard-gauge short line railroads in America.
It simply would not exist without the loyal support from hundreds of railfans like yourself.
It takes resources, know-how, and hard work to keep the railroad in operation.
Consider joining-on by becoming a member. Explore the benefits of museum membership, including the satisfaction of helping to preserve an important part of history.
Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia is a series of videos introducing the Nevada
Videos include Be the Engineer, Night at the Museum, Volunteers, Rick's Restoration, Becoming a National Historic Landmark, and others.
Pick a topic, sit back, and enjoy a short video or two about exploring history at the Nevada Northern Railway. Enjoy a great selection of steam engine videos.
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 an original working steam engine.
PHONE: 775-289-2085 or
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 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.
Nevada Magazine's Best Family Friendly Adventure - 2015
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 2014, 2015
Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 2013, 2014, 2015
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