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 membership, including the satisfaction of helping to preserve an important part of history.
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.
Perhaps it's time for you to live the dream of work'n on the railroad! We can use your help here. We are a non-profit museum operated with extensive help from volunteers just like you. Volunteers work in train operations and restoration projects. Come and join us.
Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia is a series of videos introducing the Nevada
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.
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?
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.
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.
WHEN: 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
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 Depot and Gift Shop is located at 1100 Avenue A Ely, NV. We are open daily from 9am 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 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 restorations.
Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 2013
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – 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