Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

'NOTE: The webcam is currently inoperable due to lightening
Find out about the Star Trains this Summer featuring the Dark Rangers from Great Basin National Park. .......Gift Certificates are available for real Hands-On railroad experiences. You can operate a steam locomotive, or just ride along in the cab.

Fire and Ice

Fireworks shot from a moving train


Where can you see fireworks shot off a moving train? Only in Ely!

The Nevada Northern Railway's Fire and Ice train will depart 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 14th, 2017 pulled by our steam locomotive #40.

This annual train generally sells out, so get your tickets now for 'front row' seats to the fireworks.

Star Train

See the Stars as you have
Never seen them before


On select Summer evenings our Star Train pulls out of Ely with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard. We head away from town, away from lights. There we have special telescopes set up for viewing the night sky.

NPS Rangers will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey. Read more out about this stary nighttime adventure

2017 Schedule Summary


Starting Aprl 8, 2017:
   Fridays     4:30pm STEAM
   Saturdays 1:00pm STEAM
   Sundays    9:30am STEAM

Starting May 26th, 2017:
   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

In Addition, starting July 4th:
    Tuesdays 9:30 DIESEL

Be the Engineer STEAM:   Available most days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL:   Can be arranged for almost anytime
Ride with the Engineer or Ride in the Caboose:  Available on all regular trains

Reduced schedule starts after Labor Day (September and October similar to April)

On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available 1/1/2017

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

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

Friday, February 10

   01:00 PM Photo Shoot

Friday, February 17

   01:00 PM Photo Shoot

Saturday, April 1

Friday, April 7

Saturday, April 8

   01:00 PM Steam Train-Robbery

Sunday, April 9

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

View the full train and event schedule

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.

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 10-12 and Feb 17-19  2017

Experience authentic American short-line railroading right out the early 1900's by participating in the annual Winter Steam Spectacular.  Imagine a weekend of vintage locomotives and rolling stock staring in special photo run-bys and night scenes.

You will return with new memories, new friends, and photos of a lifetime.  Find out how you can be in the photo line this year.


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 special evening 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 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 . 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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