Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

Click for Ely, Nevada Forecast 'NOTE: The webcam is currently inoperable due to lightening Our webcam has a commanding view of the East Ely Yard. View it here.......Train trips behind our steam locomotives every weekend. Full schedule here

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 Rides

Ride Back in Time

Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's original locomotives - large standard-gauge steam engines that were delvered here over a century ago, or a vintage diesel locomotive.

The round-trip departs from our original depot in East Ely, NV, as they have for over 100 years now. You will enjoy mountain scenery, historical narration, and the fun of taking a trip on the rails.  Don't miss the included "backstage" tour of the original shop and enginehouse after the trainride!

View complete schedule here.

Train Schedule

Daily - Check for details:

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

Monday, May 30

   09:30 AM Steam Train-Robbery

Wednesday, June 1

   09:30 AM Diesel Train (Lavon)

Thursday, June 2

   09:30 AM Diesel Train (Lavon)

Friday, June 3

   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, June 4

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train
   04:30 PM Steptoe Valley Flyer

Sunday, June 5

   09:30 AM Steam Train-Robbery

View the full train and event schedule

Blue Star Museum

The Nevada Northern Railway is proud to offer active military and their immediate family free admission to the museum, yard, and maintenance shops from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and 15% off train rides.

Just present yourself at the ticket desk in the depot so we can sign you and your family in, and thank you for all you do for our country.

As an Official Blue Star Museum, we are joining more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this Summer.  This is in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

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.

View our Live Webcam

Live View of the East Ely Yard

Mother's Day

Click here to see a full-sized view of our live webcam. The webcam page is updated in near real-time, so you can see trains arive and depart (see schedule to the right).


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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