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.
WHAT: Our most popular ride, lasting about 90 minutes.
WHERE: Depart East Ely, NV and ride up toward the Ruth Mine. Travel through two tunnels and up real mountain grades.
WHEN: Steam every weekend mid-April through mid-October. Diesel other times. Check schedule below.
DONT MISS: Complementary tour of the original shops and grounds after the train ride.
WHAT: In addition to the regular 90 minute excursions, check out our evening and special event trains.
MORE INFORMATION: These special trains are also listed on the calendar below.
Click here for all the details on our special trains
Join us for a trip back in time when the iron horse ruled the rails. The Nevada Northern Railway is a living, breathing, operating historic railroad. Come, enjoy history with us!
You will depart from our East Ely, NV depot, as our trains have done for a
century now. Most all of our trips head southwest, through two
tunnels and up real mountain grades through Robinson Canyon up toward the Ruth Copper Mining District.
Several trains each month, those specifically marked Valley Vista, run north, out the Steptoe Valley, on the hi-line toward McGill.
Each trip takes about 90 minutes. Our trains feature on-board restroom, wheelchair accessibility, and snacks and beverages available for purchase.
You will have your choice of coach or open-air seating, or feel free to roam between the two. A hat and sunscreen are advisable for the open-air car. Bring a jacket along for the evening trips. We are over a mile high in elevation, so weather is generally mild, but sometimes unpredictable.
Every so often out in these parts of the West, trains get held up by a band of outlaws. We have done our darndest to try and figure out when this might happen, and have indicated it in the schedule below. If you see the word "ROBBERY" on title of the event you hover over, then this is one of those trains that just might get held up. Some of the robbers have an uncanny resemblance to outstanding citizens of the community here, so don't be too alarmed. Those GhostRiders, as they call themselves, are volunteers that do lots of good 'round these here parts.
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
Starting after Labor Day:
Reduced schedule (September and October similar to April)
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 October
At the end of most morning trips and 2 hours before most afternoon trips you can join a complementary
narrated walking tour of the enginehouse and Main Yard. On the morning trips the train
can let you off at the original enginehouse to begin your complimentary
"backstage" tour. Your tour will end at the depot where you parked your car.
It is a great way to see how a real short-line American railroad maintained
itself in the mid-1900's. Sturdy shoes are suggested for the tour.
There are two upgrade options available for your trip. Instead of riding in the regular coaches, consider:
These option often sell-out in advance, and are not available on every trip, so we suggest you book them early
using the calendar below, on this page.
The extra fare for these options is a great way to show your support for the museum
and the restoration/preservation work that goes on here. Of course,
members earn their discount on these options as well.
Can't Get Enough Trains? We completely understand. You can buy a Four-Day Pass upgrade and Save. Add the Four-Day pass upgrade option when you check out. It is good on any of the Regular Excursion Trains. NOTE: If you want to book one of the Holiday/Special/Evening trains, book that train first, then add the Four-Day pass so you can also ride the Regular Excursion Trains.
|Ticket Prices||Adult||Child(4-12)||Infant (not yet 4)|
|Train Ride + Guided Tour of Yard + Enginehouse||$31||$15||Free|
|Guided Tour of Yard + Enginehouse||$14||$7||Free|
|Museum Admission (Self-guided walking tour)||$6||$3||Free|
|Ride with the Engineer (Cab Ride)||$150||n/a||n/a|
|Single fee upgrades six or fewer people to Caboose||$37||$27||Free|
|Four Day Pass Upgrade||$20||$10||Free|
Hover over any available date to book your Ride Back in Time now.
Click here if you still have a question about this program.