Steam locomotive runs up toward the Ruth Mine Fridays through Mondays all Summer long. Book Ticket here....... You can Ride with the Engineer or Be the Engineer on your own run up the hill.... Details 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 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.

Train Schedule

Daily - Check for details:

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

Monday, July 25

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

Tuesday, July 26

   09:30 AM Diesel Train (Lavon)

Wednesday, July 27

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Thursday, July 28

   09:30 AM Diesel Train (Lavon)

Friday, July 29

   09:30 AM Diesel Train (Lavon)
                     Be The Engineer - STEAM
   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, July 30

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train

View the full train and event schedule

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.

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 DISCOUNTS, and 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 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 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, 2106
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