Find out about the Star Trains this Summer featuring the Dark Rangers from Great Basin National Park. .......Gift Certificates are available for real Hands-On railroad experiences. You can operate a steam locomotive, or just ride along in the cab.

Fire and Ice

Fireworks shot from a moving train


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

The Nevada Northern Railway's Fire and Ice train will depart 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 14th, 2017 pulled by our steam locomotive #40.

This annual train generally sells out, so get your tickets now for 'front row' seats to the fireworks.

Star Train

See the Stars as you have
Never seen them before


On select Summer evenings our Star Train pulls out of Ely with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard. We head away from town, away from lights. There we have special telescopes set up for viewing the night sky.

NPS Rangers will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey. Read more out about this stary nighttime adventure

2017 Schedule Summary


Starting Aprl 8, 2017:
   Fridays     4:30pm STEAM
   Saturdays 1:00pm STEAM
   Sundays    9:30am STEAM

Starting May 26th, 2017:
   Fridays     4:30pm STEAM
   Saturdays  1:00pm and 4:30pm STEAM
   Sundays    9:30am STEAM
   Mondays   9:30am STEAM
   Wed and Thru 9:30am DIESEL

In Addition, starting July 4th:
    Tuesdays 9:30 DIESEL

Be the Engineer STEAM:   Available most days that STEAM operates
Be the Engineer DIESEL:   Can be arranged for almost anytime
Ride with the Engineer or Ride in the Caboose:  Available on all regular trains

Reduced schedule starts after Labor Day (September and October similar to April)

On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available 1/1/2017

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

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

Friday, February 10

   01:00 PM Photo Shoot

Friday, February 17

   01:00 PM Photo Shoot

Saturday, April 1

Friday, April 7

Saturday, April 8

   01:00 PM Steam Train-Robbery

Sunday, April 9

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train
   01:00 PM Diesel Train (Lavon)

View the full train and event schedule

Become a Member

Keep the Fire Burning

This is one of the last, and best-preserved standard-gauge short line railroads in America.  It simply would not exist without the loyal support from hundreds of railfans like yourself.  It takes resources, know-how, and hard work to keep the railroad in operation.

Consider joining-on by becoming a member.  Explore the benefits of museum membership, including DISCOUNTS, and the satisfaction of helping to preserve an important part of history.

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 10-12 and Feb 17-19  2017

Experience authentic American short-line railroading right out the early 1900's by participating in the annual Winter Steam Spectacular.  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.


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 prior to closing.  Click for train schedule

WHERE:  In the mountains of Central Nevada.   1100 Avenue A,  Ely, NV (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 large 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 prior to closing.   The Gift Shop 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 - 2014, 2015, 2106
Best Event in Rural Nevada The Polar Express - 2013, 2014
Nevada State Treasure Best Preservation Effort in the West Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada 2014, 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