Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

'NOTE: The webcam is currently inoperable due to lightening

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 old Ruth Mining District. 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.

The round-trip departs from our original depot in Ely, NV, as our trains 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.

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

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

Wednesday, June 28

Thursday, June 29

   09:30 AM DIESEL- Valley Vista

Friday, June 30

Saturday, July 1

   04:30 PM Steptoe Valley Flyer

Sunday, July 2

View the full train and event schedule

View our Live Webcam

Live View of the East Ely Yard

Nevada Northern Railway Live Webcam in East Ely, NV

We caught you peeking (but that's ok).


Click here to see a full-sized view of our live webcam.


The Nevada Northern Railway webcam in East Ely is updated in near real-time.  Join the fun and watch trains arrive and depart (see schedule to the right).

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.

Phoenix Dare

Your Part in History

Phoenix Dare Campaign

We are about to undertake a bold project.  There is nothing mild-mannered about it.  Phoenix is bold, ambitious, audacious, and absolutely necessary to preserve this 19th century railroad and keep it operating in the 21st century.

There is leading role available in this script for a Super-hero such as yourself.  Read all about the Phoenix and what it needs to accomplish


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 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 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