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Be the Engineer

Climb up to the Real Thing!



You are at the throttle, taking control of 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 done it.

You can plan on it!

Off the beaten path, in a good way




You deserve a great vacation this year!  Let's start tonight to put some plans together. 

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Train Rides

Ride Back in Time


Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern's original locomotives.

The round-trip departs from the historic depot in Ely, NV, as our trains have for over 110 years now. Enjoy mountain scenery, historical narration, and the fun of ride'n the rails.

View complete schedule here.

COVID Safety First

Trains are Running


We are open, operating, and following all State and Federal COVID-19 Mandates.

Read the full policy statement here.


Complete train and event schedule


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


The Nevada Northern Railway Museum:

The Nevada Northern Railway was built over a century ago to service what would become one of the largest copper mines in North America. Today, several of the original coal-fired standard-gauge steam locomotives that were ordered and delivered new to the railroad over 110 years 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 email us.   The Nevada Northern Railway Museum, East Ely 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