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Nevada Railroad Symposium
Hosted by the Nevada Northern Railway - East Ely, NV
WHAT: Nevada Railroad Symposium is a three day gathering of serious railfans to discuss and learn about railroad history and technology
WHERE: Nevada Northern Railway main yard and facilities in Ely, NV
WHEN: Held annually, usually third weekend of September.
For over forty years the Nevada Railroad Symposium has been drawing railfans and railroad experts from all over the country and world for
the weekend-long symposium. Each year in-depth presentations cover topics in
areas of railroad technology, history, and economic and social impact.
Since the symposium is hosted at the facilities of the Nevada Northern Railway, there's always opportunity for hands-on experiences in the shops, yard, and right-of-way.
Typical experiences in the past have included:
Working demonstration of historic equipment, such as Nevada Northern Steam Wrecking Crane "A"
-- The oldest working steam crane on any US railroad.
Vintage velocipede and speeder rides
Optional opportunities to operate one of the standard gauge steam locomotives on a mini "Be the Engineer" experience.
There is usually ample lodging available in Ely during the Symposium, but it is a good idea to book well in advance.
Information on how to get to Ely and places to stay are listed under the VISIT -- Tourist Information menu.
Click on the highlighted date below to register for the Symposium and the optional events
Either there is no availability in the near future, or the event has not yet been set up that far in advance.
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Nevada Northern Railway Menu
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