Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV


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Locomotive 93 at East Ely Depot
You can ride on the open flatcar
Seating in the caboose is available!<br>Here is the view from the cupola as you head up into those mountains ahead.
Locomotive 40 heading up the 2% grade<br>toward the Ruth Mining District
After your train ride, be sure to take the<br>complementary tour of the historic Enginehouse

Ride Back In Time

Spend an hour or two back in the early 1900's


Fast Facts

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.

Click here to view schedule and buy tickets now

Special Event Trains

WHAT: In addition to the regular 90 minute excursions, check out our evening and special event trains.

WHEN: Often on Saturday evenings in the summer.  Also, seasonal Haunted Ghost Trains and Polar Express 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!

What to expect:

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.    

2018 Schedule Summary


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

Be the Engineer STEAM:   Available most days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL:   Can be arranged for almost anytime


Stay tuned!  On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available by early FEBRUARY 2018

Options:

Complementary walking "Back Stage" tour:  At the end of most morning/early afternoon trips or 2 hours before most late afternoon trips you can a walking tour of the enginehouse and Main Yard.  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.

Prices and Discounts

Ticket Prices
Ticket PricesAdultChild(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

Members receive discounts. Memberships start at $30

Hover over any available date to book your Ride Back in Time now.

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Robert (Las Vegas NV) says...
We drove up from southern Nevada to visit Ely, NV because of the train museum and it was worth the trip. You don't have to love trains to enjoy the museum but if you do, it's a great experience. We met people from all over the country and enjoyed talking to them about the museum and what they enjoyed most. Without that, we would have missed a few things. After the train ride, take the walking tour of the maintenance shops. The shops are the way they were left when the railroad shut ... Read More
25th June 2017 7:41am
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Marianne (Farmington Hills MI) says...
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the steam train ride on Memorial Day. The narrator was thorough and interesting and the train robbery fun.
14th June 2017 12:53pm
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Wayne L Hall (Kitchener) says...
Rode it last year for first time, great trip, loved ringing the bell, enjoyed the cab ride, outstanding, coming to California for UPHS convention in 2016 & planning to ride some more. Volunteer on tourist train here as conductor/train manager, also have steam but loved the NN, see you in 2016.
22nd July 2015 10:23am
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Kurt (Saskatchewan Canada) says...
I was in Ely for a few days and rode on the excursion trains a few times. They are excellent to ride on; would highly recommend. I appreciate the enormous effort that Mark Bassett and his entire crew do to make riding these trains and touring this 100% historic site still possible.
Admin:
Thanks for your note.  We will pass your kind words on to Mark.
8th June 2015 9:57am
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Alberto José Hurtado (Florida) says...
Got to go there and ride one of those steam trains.....as they bring me back unforgettable memories of my youth along my parents in Colombia.....
21st May 2015 11:36am
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