Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

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  • Be The Engineer - STEAM
  • Be The Engineer - DIESEL
  • Ride with the Engineer
  • Railroad Reality Week
  • The Polar Express


    Your family will never forget this train ride together.   On the way to the North Pole you will be served hot chocolate and cookies and hear the Polar Express story from the beloved book.

    Santa personally greets each child, and present them with a special souviner.

    This often sells out, so Book early.


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

    Saturday, December 16

       01:00 PM Polar Express
       04:30 PM Polar Express
       07:00 PM Polar Express

    Sunday, December 17

       01:00 PM Polar Express
       04:30 PM Polar Express
       07:00 PM Polar Express

    Monday, December 18

       06:30 PM Polar Express

    Wednesday, December 20

       06:30 PM Polar Express

    Thursday, December 21

       04:30 PM Polar Express

    View the full train and event schedule

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    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

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    Welcome to the official webcam and weathercam for the Nevada Northern Railway in East Ely, NV. This view is the railroad's main yard.

    This scene is very similar to what you would have seen at this very spot 100 years ago today!  Very little has changed.

    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.

    This is the place to come a variety of railroad experiences.  Yes, we have train rides from East Ely up toward the old Ruth Mining District.  There are specially themed trains, and, of course, don't miss the seasonal Haunted Ghost Trains and our Polar Express trains to visit the North Pole. 

    We also have Hand-On adventures, including  "Be the Engineer", "Ride with the Engineer", and Railroad Reality Week which is our Summer hands-on railroad camp for teens and adults. 

    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 1100 Avenue A, Ely, NV (at the end of E.11th Street, off of US 93). 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 3:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday). 

    TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 5 years in a row
    Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 5 years in a row
    Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year
    Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – Recognized 8 times
    Best Museum in Rural Nevada – Recognized 7 times
    Best Tour in Rural Nevada - New award category in 2017