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 old Ruth Mining District.  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?


Daily - Check for details:

     Walking Tour of the Yard

Saturday, March 17

   01:00 PM DIESEL-Robinson Canyon

Saturday, March 24

   01:00 PM DIESEL-Robinson Canyon

Saturday, March 31

   01:00 PM DIESEL-Robinson Canyon

Friday, April 6

Saturday, April 7

   01:00 PM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

Sunday, April 8

   09:30 AM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

View the full train and event schedule

How to Get to Ely, NV

Home of the Nevada Northern Railway

We are located on what has been called "The Loneliest Highway in America."  Find out why

See all that the real heart of the rural American West has to offer you as a destination vacation.

View our Live Webcam

Live View of the East Ely Yard

Nevada Northern Railway Live Webcam in East Ely, NV

We caught you peeking (but that's ok).

Click here to see a full-sized view of our live webcam.

The Nevada Northern Railway webcam in East Ely, NV is updated in near real-time.

Join the fun and watch trains arrive and depart.

You can plan on it!

You deserve a great vacation this year!  Let's start tonight to put some plans together. 

Explore someplace new this SummerTake a quick look at all there is do up here in the Rural Inter-Mountain West.

The Railroad's Calling

Volunteer Here

Volunteers are an important part of our daily operations

Perhaps it's time for you to live the dream of work'n on the railroad!  We are a non-profit museum maintained and operated with extensive help from volunteers like you.  Come and join us.

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 or more prior to closing.  Click for train schedule

WHERE: In the mountains of Central Nevada. 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno. We are at the North end of East 11th Street, just 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 coal-fired 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 or more prior to closing.   Our General Store 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 - 5 years in a row
Best Event in Rural Nevada The Polar Express - 5 years in a row
Nevada State Treasure Best Preservation Effort in the West Attraction of the Year
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada Recognized 8 times
Best Museum in Rural Nevada Recognized 7 times
Best Tour in Rural Nevada - New award category in 2017