Train rides, pulled by our vintage steam locomotives, run every weekend. Come, enjoy history with us.............. "Be the Engineer" Gift Certificates available --- the perfect gift for your rail fan.

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 our 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 "backstage" tour of the original shop and enginehouse after the trainride!

View complete schedule here.

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.  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?

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

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

Sunday, May 24

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train

Monday, May 25

Friday, May 29

   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, May 30

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train
   04:30 PM Restoration Rails

Sunday, May 31

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

View the full event calendar

The Nevada Northern Railway is proud to offer active military and their immediate family free admission to the museum, yard, and maintenance shops from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and 15% off train rides. Just present yourself at the ticket desk in the depot so we can sign you and your family in, and thank you for all you do for our country.

As an Official Blue Star Museum, we are joining more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this Summer.  This is in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia

Enjoy videos about the Nevada Northern

Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia is a series of videos introducing the Nevada Northern Railway.  Videos include Be the Engineer, Night at the Museum, Volunteers, Rick's Restoration, Becoming a National Historic Landmark, 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.

Railroad Reality Week

Hands-on Railroad Training

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, train operations, and more.

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


American Restoration TV Show on the History Channel - Nevada Northern Railway

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 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. Passenger train rides operate on the original main line, many behind an original working steam engine.

HOURS: 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 walking tour arrive one hour prior to closing.

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 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).  Note that we are closed Tuesdays in the off-season (Labor Day through to the following Memorial Day).   We are also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day.   For a walking tour of the museum arrive one hour 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 - 2014, 2015
Best Event in Rural Nevada The Polar Express - 2013, 2014
Nevada State Treasure Best Preservation Effort in the West Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada 2014, 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