Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

calibrating live webcam of the East Ely Yard

As Of: 9:01am 40°F … Wind: 10 MPH out of South … Snow (< 1 in.) overnight.
Tomorrow: Snow (1–2 in.) in the morning and breezy until evening. Low: 12, High: 30
5 day: Snow (1–4 in.) tomorrow, with high temperatures bottoming out at 31°F on Tuesday.

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Keep the Fire Burning

This 501(c) Non-Profit Foundation has been acclaimed as America's best-preserved short line railroad. It wouldn't exist without the loyalty from hundreds of supporters like yourself. 

Explore membership benefits,  including DISCOUNTS, and the satisfaction of taking a role preserving an important part of history.

Fire and Ice

Fireworks shot from a moving train

Fireworks being shot off of a moving train

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

The Fire and Ice train departs 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 19th, 2019 pulled by steam locomotive 93

This annual train generally sells out, so get your tickets soon.


Saturday, January 26

   01:00 PM Fishing Derby Express

Friday, February 8

   12:30 PM Winter Photo Weekend

Monday, February 11

Friday, February 15

   12:30 PM Winter Photo Weekend

Monday, February 18

Thursday, February 21

   01:00 PM Photography Workshop

Monday, February 25

Friday, March 8

   01:00 PM DIESEL-Valley Vista

View the full train and event schedule

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Still Photography Workshop

Feb 21 -24, 2019

An intensive instructional workshop lead by professional photographers focusing on teaching and practicing advanced photographic techniques.

Find out how to get the most this year from your camera.

Be the Engineer

Climb up to the Real Thing!

You are at the throttle for two hours as you take a full-size, standard-gauge steam locomotive from Ely up toward the old Ruth Mining District.

This is the experience of a lifetime.  Hear from others who have actually done it.

Fast Facts

OPEN DAILY:  EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Day, and Jan 2nd.

HOURS:  Ticket Desk and General Store open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later). For a walking tour arrive one hour or more prior to closing. Full train schedule here  

WHERE: In the mountains of Central Nevada. 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno. Set your GPS for 1100 Avenue A, Ely, NV 89315 (at the end of E.11th Street, off of US 93).

WHY:  Acclaimed as the best preserved and most original example of an American railroad facility. Passenger train rides operate on the original main line, many behind one of our original working steam engines.

PHONE:  775-289-2085 or
866-40-STEAM  (866-407-8326)

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. 

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