WHAT: Our most popular ride, lasting approximately 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. Today, the
Nevada Northern Railway is the last of its kind - the sole survivor from a grand
era of railroading in the Silver State. Now a National Historic Landmark, it is
America's best preserved short-line railroad and most complete rail facility still in
The Nevada Northern Railway is a living, breathing, operating historic railroad. Sometimes it's gritty, sometimes it's dirty, and sometimes it smells of coal smoke, creosote and sweat. Locomotives whistle off, cars clang as they are coupled together and wheels squeal as the locomotive is turned on the wye. It is real.
One of our original steam locomotives is scheduled to pull trains "up the hill" most Fridays through Mondays April through October. One of the diesel locomotives is scheduled most other times. See schedule below for specifics.
It is extremely rare, but possible, that we may need to alter schedule, equipment, or routing due to the historical nature of our operations. Our on-time departure record is much better than any major airline, but admittedly our equipment is a bit older than most of them operate.
Be at the depot 30 minutes before departure.
Restrooms as well as snacks and beverages are available at the concession stand in the coaches during your trip. 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 above a mile in elevation, so weather is sometimes unpredictable. It rains several times each week in the Summer and we have had snow on Memorial Day. All trains operate regardless of the weather, as they have been for over a century.
Pets are not allowed on trains or on the tours. The railroad is an industrial site that may have some grease, oil, or material fragments that are incompatible with your pet's paws.
At the end of most morning trips you can join the complementary
narrated walking tour of the shops and grounds. The train will let you off at the original enginehouse to begin your
"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 on these options are 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.
Note that riding up with the engineer has age and clothing requirements discussed here.
Check out the complete schedule and buy your tickets here, or give us a call at (866) 407-8326 or (775) 289-2085.
|2014 Ticket Prices||Adult||Child(4-12)||Infant (Under 3)||2nd Train Ride|
|Admission to Museum||$6||$3||Free||N/A|
|Admission and Guided Tour||$10||$6||Free||N/A|
|Train Ride + Tour + Admission||$27||$16||Free||1/2 Price|
|Ride with the Engineer(Cab Ride)||$135||n/a||n/a||1/2 Price|
|Ride in the Caboose||$37||$27||Free||1/2 Price|
Hover over any available date to book your Ride Back in Time now.