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. You will experience two tunnels, and 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?

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. 

Don't miss the included "backstage" tour of the original shop and enginehouse after the trainride!

View complete schedule here.

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

                     Be the Engineer - DIESELclick to reserve
                     Overnight at the Museumclick to reserve
                     Walking Tour of the Yard

Sunday, August 20

Monday, August 21

   09:00 AM Solar Eclipse Limited

Tuesday, August 22

   09:30 AM DIESEL- Valley Vista

Wednesday, August 23

Thursday, August 24

   09:30 AM DIESEL- Valley Vista

Friday, August 25

View the full train and event schedule

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 10-12 and Feb 17-19  2017

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 return with new memories, new friends, and photos of a lifetime.  Find out how you can be in the photo line this year.

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.

The Polar Express

Believe


Your family will experience a real-life Polar Express train trip to the North Pole!   Along the way you will be served hot chocolate and cookies and hear the Polar Express story from the beloved book.

Santa will board the train, personally greet each child, and present them with a souviner.   No one in your family will ever forget this train ride together.

This often sells out, so Book early.


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 large 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