Take a trip back in time aboard one of our regularly scheduled passenger train trips. Excursions operate throughout the year:
Join railfans who come from around the world for a first-hand adventure on the "Best-preserved short-line in America":
Getting here can be a great adventure. Check out some of the options:
Yes, you can spend a night or two here in the museum.
See what it is like to be up-front with the engineer.
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.
You will be "front and center" for a journey to the past. This is your ticket to a locomotive ride along with the engineer and the fireman, up in the cab of one of our steam locomotives or vintage diesel engines as we head up toward the Old Ruth Mining District 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 a ton or more 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.
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. Use the calendar below to find an available date.
Details of our 2018 schedule are being finalized. Here is a summary of what to expect:
Starting Mid-April 2018:
Fridays 4:30pm STEAM Train
Saturdays 1:00pm STEAM Train
Sundays 9:30am STEAM Train
Starting Memorial Day Weekend:
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
Be the Engineer STEAM: Available most
days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL: Can be arranged for almost anytime
On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available by late December
NOTE: Riding with the engineer requires 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, extra seats, or handicap accommodations in the cab. This is for able-bodied adults only, however one rider under adult supervision may be 12 years old and up.
|2017 Ticket Prices|
|$130 per person - less Member Discount|
The calendar below shows all
train rides available.
Ride with the Engineer is still available on some of these dates.
For the moment, you will have to put the train ride in the cart first
to see if it is still possible to Ride with the Engineer on that date.
Click here if you still have a question about this program.