Become a Member

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.

Hands-On History

Live the Experience Yourself


Immerse yourself in an experience you will never forget.

You can drive a locomotive out on the mainline. You can sleep overnight in the middle of a real railroad yard. You can spend an entire week learning first-hand what railroading is all about.

Find out how.

The Railroad's Calling

Volunteer Here

Volunteers are an important part of our daily operations

Perhaps it's time for you to live the dream of work'n on the railroad!  We are a non-profit museum maintained and operated with extensive help from volunteers like you.  Come, join us.

Departures

Thursday, February 6

                     Photography Workshop

Monday, February 10

Friday, February 14

   12:30 PM Winter Photo Weekend

Monday, February 17

Friday, February 21

   12:30 PM Winter Photo Weekend

Monday, February 24

Tuesday, February 25

Friday, March 13

View the full train and event schedule

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.

Still Photography Workshop

Feb 6 - 9, 2020


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.


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 89301 (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)

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum:

Track for the Nevada Northern Railway was laid over a century ago, connecting one of the largest copper mines in North America to the Transcontinental routes to the North. Today, several of the original coal-fired standard-gauge steam locomotives that were ordered and delivered new to the railroad over a century ago are still in operation!   The Nevada Northern Railway is the best-preserved example of a standard-gauge short-line left in North America.

Immerse yourself in historic railroad experiences:

Right from your home you can connect with the what is going on here.  Take a peek at our live webcam or explore the  panoramic virtual reality.  Also consider becoming a member or volunteer to help with the preservation, operation, and restoration work here.   It's true that getting here can be half the fun, so start planning your trip tonight.   We are located on what has been called "The Loneliest Highway in America."  Find out why

You can book tickets right on this website.  For more information call us at 775-289-2085 or 866-40-STEAM (866-407-8326), or email us.   The Nevada Northern Railway Museum, Depot, and General Store is located at 1100 Avenue A  Ely, NV.  We are open daily  EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Day, and Jan 2nd.   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

Our General Store features a variety of souvenirs and gifts.   All merchandise is tax-free.   Your patronage helps preserve history and support ongoing Museum restoration projects.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 7 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