Train rides, pulled by our vintage steam locomotives, run Fridays through Mondays. Come, enjoy history with us.........Join us for Railway Reality Week starting August 21st. A week-long adult rail camp for a full-imersion experience into all aspects of railroading.

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 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 - 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.

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

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

Wednesday, August 5

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Thursday, August 6

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Friday, August 7

   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, August 8

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train

Sunday, August 9

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

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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.

Overnight in the Museum

Spend a night here, in the East Ely Yard

Overnight in the Caboose

The last caboose delivered new here over 40 years ago is now on special duty. You can sleep overnight right in the yard.

Or, you can overnight at the restored bunkhouse. Rooms with queen beds and a view of the yard await.

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-on by becoming a member.  Explore the benefits of museum membership, including the satisfaction of helping to preserve 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 prior to closing.  Click for train schedule

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.

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 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 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