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.
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 never forget this train ride together.
On the way to the North Pole you will be served hot chocolate and cookies and hear the Polar Express story from the beloved book.
Santa personally greets each child, and present them with a special souviner.
This often sells out, so Book early.
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.
Click here for videos that include photo run-bys, Be the Engineer, Night at the Museum, Rick's Restoration, 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.
Details of our 2018 schedule are being finalized. Here is a summary of what to expect:
Starting Mid-April 2018:
Fridays 4:30pm STEAM Train
Saturdays 1:00pm STEAM Train
Sundays 9:30am STEAM Train
Starting Memorial Day Weekend:
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
Starting after Labor Day:
Reduced schedule (September and October similar to April)
Be the Engineer STEAM: Available most
days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL: Can be arranged for almost anytime
On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available by late October
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. 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno. Set your GPS for 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 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. 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 - 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