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 be at the throttle through two tunnels and experience 2.5% grades.
Main-line standard-gauge mountain railroading at its best! This is the experience of a lifetime.
If you like, this experience can be shared with a friend. It also makes a great gift. Why not share it together this year?
Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's original locomotives.
century-old steam engines or a vintage diesel locomotive.
The round-trip departs from our original depot in East Ely, NV. You will enjoy mountain scenery, historical narration, and the fun of taking a trip on the rails. Don't miss the included "backscenes" tour of the original shop and enginehouse after the trainride!
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 us by becoming a member. Explore the benefits of membership, including 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, and train operations. In "short", you will be part of the full-imersion experience in becoming a railroad jack-of-all-trades.
The last caboose delivered new here over 40 years ago is now on special duty.
You can sleep overnight right in the yard.
Or, you can overnight at the restored bunkhouse. Rooms with queen beds and a view of the yard await.
The Nevada Northern Railway:
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.
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.
WHEN: Daily (except Tuesdays in off-season, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day). For a tour arrive prior to 4pm (3pm on Sunday). Gift shop open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later)
PHONE: 775-289-2085 or
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 Depot and Gift Shop is located at 1100 Avenue A Ely, NV. We are open daily from 9am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on nights when later trains are scheduled). Note that we are closed Tuesdays off-season (Jan thru mid-June and Labor day through December). We are also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day. For a tour arrive prior to 4pm (3pm on Sunday). The Gift Shop features a variety of souvenirs and gifts. All merchandise is tax-free. Your patronage helps preserve history and support ongoing Museum restorations.
Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 2013
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – 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