Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV


Click for Ely, Nevada Forecast 'NOTE: The webcam is currently inoperable due to lightening Full Steam Ahead! Steam locomotive powered excursion train rides begin in April. Full schedule here

Railroad Reality Week

Hands-on Railroad Training


Take a week to learn, hands-on, what it was like to work on one of America's short-line railroads.

You will become familiar with locomotive and rolling stock maintenance, trackwork, train operations, and more.

Join in this full-imersion experience to become a railroad jack-of-all-trades.

Be the Engineer

Experience of a lifetime

You are at the throttle for two hours as you take one of our vintage locomotives from Ely up toward the Ruth mine. You will experience two tunnels, and 2.5% grades.  

Main-line standard-gauge mountain railroading at its best!  This is the experience of a lifetime.  Hear from others who have actually done it.

If you like, this experience can be shared with a friend.  It also makes a great gift.  Why not share it together this year?

Train Schedule

Daily - Check for details:

                     Be the Engineer - DIESELclick to reserve
                     Overnight at the Museumclick to reserve
                     Walking Tour of the Yard

Friday, May 6

Saturday, May 7

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train

Sunday, May 8

   09:30 AM Steam Train-Robbery
   01:00 PM Diesel Train (Lavon)

Friday, May 13

Saturday, May 14

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Become a Member

Keep the Fire Burning

This is one of the last, and best-preserved standard-gauge short line railroads in America.  It simply would not exist without the loyal support from hundreds of railfans like yourself.  It takes resources, know-how, and hard work to keep the railroad in operation.

Consider joining-on by becoming a member.  Explore the benefits of museum membership, including DISCOUNTS, and the satisfaction of helping to preserve an important part of history.

Overnight in the Museum

Spend a night here, in the East Ely Yard

Overnight in the Caboose

The last caboose delivered new here over 40 years ago is now on special duty. You can sleep overnight right in the yard.

Or, you can overnight at the restored bunkhouse. Rooms with queen beds and a view of the yard await.

Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia

Enjoy videos about the Nevada Northern

Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia is a series of videos introducing the Nevada Northern Railway.  Videos include Be the Engineer, Night at the Museum, Volunteers, Rick's Restoration, Becoming a National Historic Landmark, and others.

Pick a topic, sit back, and enjoy a short video or two about exploring history at the Nevada Northern Railway. Enjoy a great selection of steam engine videos.

The Nevada Northern Railway is a National Historic Landmark and nonprofit museum. Most of the original Nevada Northern locomotives, rolling stock, track and buildings are being preserved as part of our ongoing mission.   The track was laid over a century ago through the Great Basin of Nevada to service one of the largest copper mines on the continent.  Two of the original steam locomotives that were ordered for the railroad over a century ago are still in operation today.   It has been said that the Nevada Northern Railway is the best-preserved example of a standard-gauge short-line left in North America.

For your enjoyment we offer a variety of railroad experiences. These include walking through the yards and shops, train-rides, "Be the Engineer", Railroad Reality Weeks, and special evening trains.  Don't miss the annual Haunted Ghost Trains and the Polar Express runs.  For more information call us toll-free at 866-40-STEAM (866-407-8326) or locally at 775-289-2085, or email us.   The Nevada Northern Railway Depot and Gift Shop is located at . We are open daily from 9am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on nights when later trains are scheduled).  Note that we are closed Tuesdays September through June.   We are also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day.   For a tour arrive prior to 4pm (3pm on Sunday).

Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 2013
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007
Best Museum in Rural Nevada – 2013, 2010, 2009
Best Museum - Special Recognition - 2010
Favorite Nevada Attraction • Best Rural Museum in Nevada – 2008

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