Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

Railroad Videos

Video Introduction to the Nevada Northern Railway



Where is the Museum?

We have heard the question many times.  People come to the ticket desk and ask "Where's the museum?"  The truth is, this is a very large museum.  It's the original Nevada Northern Railway, complete with its original depot, engine house, freight house, and administrative building, all built in the 1910's.   It's the original Nevada Northern mainline track.  We still own all 147 miles of it.  It's several of the original Nevada Northern Railway locomotives, still in operation today.   Come, explore history with us!
Additional Resources:
  • Find out about taking a walking tour NNRY's main East Ely yard.   (Feel free to come to the ticket desk, sign in, receive a map, and ask, with a smile "So, where is the museum?")
  • See the virtual tour of the main yard right from your home

  • Be the Engineer

    You must have wondered what it was really like to live a century ago, and actually be at the throttle of a full-size, standard-gauge steam engine heading up 3% grades, through mountain tunnels. The good news is that it is not too late for you to live the dream. You can be at the throttle, actually being the engineer and running a locomotive or driving a steam engine. 
    Additional Resources:
  • Find out more about taking control of a steam locomotive.
  • Find out more about taking control of a vintage diesel locomotive.

  • Steam Ride Back in Time

    This is how it was.  Take a few hours and enjoy going back in time.  Starting at the original East Ely depot, you will be boarding the train at the same station, on the same track, and pulled by the same locomotive that Nevada Northern Railway passengers have done for over 100 years!
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  • More details on taking a railroad trip back in time.
  • View full schedule of upcoming railroad events.

  • Winter Photo Shoot

    The Nevada Northern Railway hosts a Winter Steam Spectacular photo shoot during the first two weekends in February each year. Railfans, Historians, and Photographers come from the world over to see the original Nevada Northern in action once again. Join the photo line this year and come away with the memories of a lifetime.
    Additional Resources:
  • Learn more about the Winter Steam Spectacular.
  • Although not required, most people on the photo line will be members of the museum.  Find out more.

  • NNRY: National Historic Landmark

    The Nevadan Northern Railway has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark for its role in the industrial and immigration history of the United States. This short video introduces you to the history of the Nevadan Northern Railway, the copper industry, and White Pine County. There is some rare, original black-and-white historical footage on this video.
    Additional Resources:
  • NNRY Historical Archive Pages

  • Nevada Northern Railway Volunteers

    We are a volunteer organization. Many of our programs and much of our behind-the-scenes work is done by volunteers.  Volunteers come from all over the country. Many local residents of While Pine County help the railroad in countless ways.  Volunteers perform important hand-on help with restoration, operations, and events.
    Additional Resources:
  • Learn more about volunteering on the Nevada Northern.
  • Become of member of the museum.

  • Young Adult Volunteers

    Our Young Adult Volunteers come here with tons of new energy and ideas. This video has examples of how several of them have put their energy to good use here.
    Additional Resources:
  • Railroad Reality Week is a good place to start. Read what people say about the experience.
  • Learn more about volunteering on the Nevada Northern.

  • Riding the Rails

    Join us as Mark takes us on a brief history of riding the rails. From the first Sheffield hand car to the modern high-rail truck to a home-built railrider, see the many ways to gild on steel rails. Also features some of our Young Adult Volunteers.
    Additional Resources:
  • Take a train ride on the Nevada Northern Railway


  • Rick's Restoration

    The Nevada Northern Railway has had several items restored by Rick and his crew at Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas, NV These TV episodes have been aired on the History Channel since 2011.   Find more about the items, and watch Rick do his magic on the Nevada Northern Railway  
    Additional Resources:
  • The story behind our relationship with Rick's Restoration
  • Make a donation to help the next restoration project happen

  • Night at the Museum

    When you visit Ely, NV, why not spend a night sleeping right in the middle of the railway's main East Ely yard?  We offer comfortable overnight accommodations in either the bunkhouse or a working caboose.
    Additional Resources:
  • Find out more about railway lodging options.
  • Most railway experiences, such as this one, are discounted for members.   Learn how to join and earn your discount.

  • Photography of Steve Crise

    The Nevada Northern Railway has been the subject of tens of thousands of digital images. The Railway attracts railfans, historians, and those interested in American Technology.

    Many of those photographs get taken each year at our annual Winter Steam Spectacular.  Steve Crise is the professional photographer who stages the scenes and who is instrumental to make this event so successful each year. This episode highlights the annual photo event, and Steve's wonderful photography.
    Additional Resources:
  • Find out more about the Winter Steam Spectacular and reserve your spot in the photo line.
  • Almost everyone who attends the Winter Steam Spectacular is a member, but it is not required.   Find out how to become a member and earn your discount on this event.

  • Haunted Ghost Train of Old Ely

    It happens in each October in the remote town of Ely Nevada.  The nights grow longer and a certain chill comes over the entire valley.  It is time for the Haunted Ghost Train to once again make its run through the night to witness all of the odd happenings up the tracks toward the old Ruth Mine.  View one of the recent trips and see for yourself. 
    Additional Resources:
  • Join in the fun of the Haunted Ghost Train this year.

  • Times Are A Changing

    This video features one of our employees, Angie Cracraft, who is the Trainmaster and Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers at the Nevada Northern Railway

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