Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia

Enjoy videos about the Nevada Northern



Click here for videos that include photo run-bys, Be the Engineer, Night at the Museum, Rick's Restoration, and others.

Pick a topic, sit back, and enjoy a short video or two about exploring history at the Nevada Northern Railway. Enjoy a great selection of steam engine videos.

The Polar Express

Believe


Your family will never forget this train ride together.   On the way to the North Pole you will be served hot chocolate and cookies and hear the Polar Express story from the beloved book.

Santa personally greets each child, and present them with a special souvenir.

This often sells out, so Book early.

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

     Walking Tour of the Yard

Saturday, November 17

   04:30 PM Polar Express
   07:00 PM Polar Express

Friday, November 23

   04:30 PM Polar Express
   07:00 PM Polar Express

Saturday, November 24

   01:00 PM Polar Express
   04:30 PM Polar Express
   07:00 PM Polar Express

Saturday, December 1

   01:00 PM Polar Express
   04:30 PM Polar Express

View the full train and event schedule

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 8-10 and Feb 15-17  2019


Imagine a weekend of vintage locomotives and rolling stock staring in special photo run-bys and night scenes.

You will return with new memories, new friends, and photos of a lifetime.  Find out how you can be in the photo line this year.

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.

Become a Member

Keep the Fire Burning

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

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


Fast Facts

OPEN DAILY:  EXCEPT  Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day.  Also closed on Tuesdays, other than July and August.

HOURS:  Gift shop and ticket desk 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.  Click for train schedule

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)

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.

Come to Ely, NV and 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 Gift Shop is located at 1100 Avenue A  Ely, NV.  We are open daily from 8am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on nights when later trains are scheduled).  We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day, as well as Tuesdays September through June.   For a walking tour of the museum arrive one hour or more prior to closing.   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