Haunted Ghost Train runs selected weekend nights in October. Reserve your seats now. ......... Make plans now for the Winter Steam Spectacular in February 2015. Check out all of the details

Train Rides

Ride Back in Time

Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's original locomotives - large standard-gauge steam engines that were delvered here over a century ago, or a vintage diesel locomotive.

The round-trip departs from the original depot in East Ely, NV, as they have for over 100 years now. 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!

Complete schedule here.

Haunted Ghost Train of Old Ely

Dare to Ride

Haunted Ghost Train

A certain chill comes across the Ghost Train of Old Ely each October. There seems to be legions of daemons, 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.

=== Departures ===

Daily - Check for details:

                     Be the Engineer - DIESELclick to reserve
                     Overnight Lodging in the Yardclick to reserve
                     Walking Tour of the Yard

Thursday, September 18

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Friday, September 19

   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, September 20

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train

Sunday, September 21

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train
   01:00 PM Diesel Excursion Train

Monday, September 22

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Wednesday, September 24

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

View the full event calendar

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 7-9 and Feb 14-16

Experience authentic American short-line railroading right out the early 1900's by participating in the annual Winter Steam Spectacular.  Imagine a weekend of vintage locomotives and rolling stock staring in special photo run-bys and night scenes.

You will come back with new memories, new friends, and the photos of a lifetime Find out how you be in the photo line this year.

Become a Member

Keep the Fire Burning

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. Read more about the benifits.

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 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. Find out more.

If you like, this experience can be shared with a friend.  It also makes a great gift.  Why not share it together this year?


Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark

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.

Fast Facts

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).  Gift shop and ticket desk open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later) For a tour arrive prior to 4pm (3pm on Sunday).

PHONE:  775-289-2085 or
866-40-STEAM  (866-407-8326)

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