Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

Ride with the Engineer in the cab.  See what it is really like up-front

See what it is like to be up-front with the engineer.

Ride With the Engineer

Cab ride in a working steam locomotive

Fast Facts

WHAT: You will ride up with the engineer on one of our passenger trips.

WHEN: By reservation, so make plans in advance.  See schedule below.

WHO: The cab can accommodate only two visitors, age 12 and up.

BRING: Gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants.

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You will be "front and center" for a journey to the past. This is your ticket to ride with the engineer and the fireman, up in the cab of one of our steam locomotives or vintage diesel engines as we head to toward the mine from the East Ely yard. You will see the railroad as very few visitors ever have the chance to see it.  You will be able to see the track ahead and watch the fireman shovel almost a ton of coal on the trip.

You will be going through two tunnels, climb 2.5% grades. Up toward the end of the line there is a wye. We will turn the train around and head back down to Ely. This is real standard-gauge mountain railroading on one of America's best-preserved short-lines.

2017 Schedule Summary

Starting Aprl 8, 2017:
   Fridays     4:30pm STEAM
   Saturdays 1:00pm STEAM
   Sundays    9:30am STEAM

Starting May 26th, 2017:
   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

In Addition, starting July 4th:
    Tuesdays 9:30 DIESEL

Be the Engineer STEAM:   Available most days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL:   Can be arranged for almost anytime
Ride with the Engineer or Ride in the Caboose:  Available on all regular trains

Reduced schedule starts after Labor Day (September and October similar to April)

On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available 1/1/2017

So what are you waiting for? You can be an eye-witness to how railroading was in the last century. Make your appointment with history.   This limited opportunity is only available to two riders on each trip due to limited cab space.    Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.  Call toll-free and book your reservation today 1-866-40STEAM (1-866-407-8326) or use the calendar below to find an available date.

NOTE: Riding with the engineer requires work sturdy closed-toed shoes,  gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants, all made from all-natural material (cotton. wool, leather - no synthetics).   The cab of historic locomotives are hot and noisy. They were not designed with visitors in mind.  There are no restrooms, seats, or handicap accomidations in the cab.  This is for able-bodied adults only, however one rider may be 12 years old and up. 

P.S. What would be a greater holiday, birthday, or special gift than being in the cab of one of our engines for a cab ride in a real standard-gauge full-size historic locomotive?   You can buy an "open ticket" as a gift and select the exact date later.

Prices and Discounts

Members receive discounts.   Memberships start at only $30.
No other discounts apply to this experience.

2015 Ticket PricesMemberGeneral Public
Cab Ride (per person)$95$150
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If you still have a question about this program or the schedule click here

Comments from those who have done this (1)

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Kurt (Saskatchewan Canada) says...
I rode with the engineer on steam locomotive #40. It was a great experience. It gave me a whole new appreciation and respect for what it takes to operate steam locomotives. Would definitely recommend.
8th June 2015 10:28am
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