Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

Ride Back In Time

You and your party will enjoy the evening aboard one of these special trains

Fast Facts

WHAT: Specially themed trains operate throughout the year.

WHEN: Check the schedule below for these special experiences.

DON'T FORGET:  These trains often sell-out in advance.   Make your reservation today.

Click here to view schedule and buy tickets now

Also keep in mind:
Haunted Ghost Trains
Polar Express Trains

WHAT: These special seasonal trains are our most popular events for the old and young alike.

WHEN: Haunted Ghost Trains dare to run the 4 weekends before Halloween. Polar Express operates Thanksgiving through Christmas

    Haunted Ghost Train
    Polar Express

Rockin' & Rollin' Geology Train

A lively presentation by a local geologist talking about the railroad, mining history, and a show and tell of ore samples.   All of this as the century-old steam engine is pulling your train through the great geological "museum" right outside the window of your coach. Snacks, Beer, and other beverages available for purchase on-board.   See dates and prices below

Wild West Limited

Join us for a wild-west evening aboard a steam train, complete with cowboys and horses.  Hold on to your wallet!  Those horse-thieving robbers have been known to hold up the trains running through these parts.  We guarantee the train will get back to Ely one way or another, and we sure hope you make it back as well to tell your friends all about it. 

Snacks, Beer, and other beverages available for purchase on-board.  See dates and prices below

Steptoe Valley Flyer

Travel back in time to enjoy a classic railroad experience.  The Steptoe Valley Flyer was the train that carried 4.5 million passengers from 1906 to 1941 to White Pine County.  The Steptoe Valley Flyer will be departing from the original depot, using the original First-Class Passenger Car 5 (built 1882), the original Baggage/Railway Post Office Car 20 (build 1906), and pulled by their original Steam Locomotive 40 (delivered here in 1910).  How cool is that?  Dress up in some of your grandparent's old clothes, set your digital camera to black-and-white, and no one will be able to tell which century the picture was take in.

Snacks, Beer, and other beverages available for purchase on-board.  See dates and prices below

Restoration Rails

Come accompany Executive Director Mark Bassett on a behind the scenes tour of the railroad museum showcasing the restored artifacts that were featured on History Channel's American Restoration TV Show.   You will board the train and be taken to the center of the yard to begin a short narrated tour.   After the tour join Mark on a train trip pulled by one of the original century-old steam locomotives for a trip back in time. 

Snacks, Beer, and other beverages available for purchase on-board. See dates and prices below

Taste of Italy   Dinner Train

This is an annual gala fundraiser for the railroad.   Your coaches will be pulled by one of our century-old steam locomotives for a trip on the Nevada Northern Railway mainline.   It will be our pleasure to serve you a classic, multi-course Italian meal, complete with flowing wine, and dessert.   Adults only on this train. 

Taste of Italy is generously sponsored by longtime supporters of the Railroad,

Fire and Ice

Where can you see fireworks shot off a moving steam train? Only in Ely! The Fireworks Express at the Nevada Northern Railway leaves the Depot at 4:30 p.m. in mid-January.  Fireworks are set off after nightfall.  This annual train is generally a sell-out and offers 'front row' seats to the fireworks. See dates and prices below.

Fourth of July

Join us for an evening trip the hill and back. We stop the train at a perfect viewing location to see Ely's Fourth of July fireworks display.  Either watch from the train, or bring your own lawn chairs.  It's a fun way to celebrate this Independence Day evening as a group with your train friends.

Snacks, Beer, and other beverages available for purchase on-board.  See dates and prices below

The Night Sky Star Train

For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live up here in the inter-mountain rural West, you are missing our breathtakingly beautiful night sky.  For those of you who live in these parts, you may not have taken the time lately to stop and gaze at the Heavens.  Either way, plan a special night out with those beautiful stars of ours.

Our star train pulls out of Ely with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard.  These rangers love the night sky as much as we do, but probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put together.  They will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey.  We will stop the train away from town and have a special telescope for viewing the night sky.  Find out more about the Night Sky programs at Great Basin National Park.

Snacks, Beer, and other beverages available for purchase on-board.  See dates and prices below

Haunted Ghost Train

Prepare yourself for a scary trip as we dare to send our haunted train up the hill on selected weekend dates in October.  Ghost stories  come alive, so-to-speak, as we see zombies, ghosts, ghouls, aliens and maybe even Big Foot. You never know what's around the next bend, and we've been sworn to secrecy.  See for yourself!  Costumes are encouraged unless you're just naturally scary.   View the Haunted Ghost Train schedule and see video of last year's event.

Polar Express

Join with us as the most magical train of the year, the Polar Express, once again heads to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus.  Everyone knows that Santa loves trains.  On the trip to the North Pole, we serve hot chocolate and cookies and read the story the Polar Express.  Check out the Polar Express schedule and complete details.

2016 Ticket Prices and Dates
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Time2016 Dates
Fire and Ice Fireworks$35 $18 Free4:30pm16-Jan
Rockin' & Rollin' Geology Train$39 $20 Free4:30pm
Wild West Limited$39 $20 Free4:30pm
Steptoe Valley Flyer$39 $20 Free4:30pm
A Taste of Italy$59 N/AN/A6:30pm
Fourth of July$35 $18 Free6:30pm
Star Train$35 $18 Free7:00pm
Haunted Ghost Trains$35 $18 FreeSelect weekend nights in October
Polar Express$39 $20 FreeSelect days Thanksgiving through Christmas

Members receive discounts. Memberships start at $30


Hover over any available date to book one of the Evening / Specialty trains.
Normal 90 minute excursion runs are also available on most of the dates below.
Click here to view all excursion train rides available

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Kurt (Saskatchewan Canada) says...
I rode the Steptoe Valley Flyer and it was perfect. Outstanding commentary; 100% authentic cars and locomotives; great scenery. Highly recommended. I hope to visit and ride again.
8th June 2015 9:42am
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Robert Harris says...
I would like to thank Joan the curator for all of her work that she did.. As I was trying to book my ticket for the Aug 1st Step toe Valley Flyer. She went above and beyond to assist me in this, so I could join my friends in enjoying this experience! Thank you so much, this is just another reason why I recommend making the trip to Ely, and the NNRY to every one I know..
26th March 2015 7:58am
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