Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark     Ely, NV 

Ride With the Engineer

Spend two hours in the cab of 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 made from all-natural material.

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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.

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Now through December 31st your Donation or Membership gets Doubled!  Your $100 turns into $200 net to the Railway. Your $500 becomes $1000 net to the Railway. Full Details Here.

Made possible by a Matching Grant from the First National Bank of Ely.

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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 that riding with the engineer requires work gloves, sturdy closed-toed shoes,  a long sleeve shirt and pants, both made from all-natural material (cotton or wool).   The cab of a locomotive is hot and noisy, and was not designed with visitors in mind.  There are no spare seats or restrooms in the cab. 

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.

2014 Prices:        Member $95,       General Public $135

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