Take a trip back in time aboard one of our regularly scheduled passenger train trips. Excursions operate throughout the year:
Join railfans who come from around the world for a first-hand adventure on the "Best-preserved short-line in America":
Getting here can be a great adventure. Check out some of the options:
Yes, you can spend a night or two here in the museum.
You are at the throttle for two hours as you take one of our vintage locomotives from Ely up toward the old Ruth Mining District.
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?
We are about to undertake a bold project. There is nothing mild-mannered about
it. Phoenix is
bold, ambitious, audacious, and absolutely necessary to preserve this 19th century railroad and keep it operating in the 21st
There is leading role available in this script for a Super-hero such as yourself. Read all about the Phoenix and what it needs to accomplish
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.
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 DISCOUNTS, and the satisfaction of helping to preserve an important part of history.
Take a week to learn, hands-on, what it was like to work on one of America's short-line railroads.
You will become familiar with locomotive and rolling stock maintenance, trackwork, train operations, and more.
Join in this full-imersion experience to become a railroad jack-of-all-trades.
OPEN DAILY: EXCEPT Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day. Also closed on Tuesdays, other than July and August.
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
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