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.

Train Rides

Ride Back in Time


Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's original locomotives.

The round-trip departs from our original depot in Ely, NV, as our trains have for over 100 years now. You will enjoy mountain scenery, historical narration, and the fun of taking a trip on the rails. 

View complete schedule here.

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

     Walking Tour of the Yard

Friday, July 20

   04:30 PM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

Saturday, July 21

   01:00 PM STEAM-Robinson Canyon
   04:30 PM Wild West Limited

Sunday, July 22

   09:30 AM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

Monday, July 23

   09:30 AM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

View the full train and event schedule

Railroad Reality Week

Hands-on Railroad Training


Learn what it was like to work on one of America's short-line railroads. You will get hands-on with locomotives, trackwork, train operations, and more.

Join in this week-long full-imersion experience to become a railroad jack-of-all-trades.

Hands-On History

Live the Experience Yourself


Immerse yourself in an experience you will never forget.

You can drive a locomotive out on the mainline. You can sleep overnight in the middle of a real railroad yard. You can spend an entire week learning first-hand what railroading is all about.

Find out how.

Become a Member

Keep the Fire Burning

It has been acclaimed as America's best-preserved short line railroad.  This 501(c) Non-Profit Foundation wouldn't exist without the loyalty from hundreds of supporters like yourself. 

Explore museum membership benefits,  including DISCOUNTS, and the satisfaction of taking a key role in preserving an important part of history.


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. 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
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 - 7 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