We have heard the question many times. People come to the ticket desk and ask
"Where's the museum?" The truth is, this is a very large museum. It's the original Nevada Northern Railway, complete with its original depot, engine house, freight house, and
administrative building, all built in the 1910's. It's the original Nevada Northern mainline track. We still own all 147 miles of it. It's several of the original Nevada Northern Railway locomotives, still in operation today.
Come, explore history with us!
You must have wondered what it was really like to live a century ago, and
actually be at the throttle of a full-size, standard-gauge steam engine
heading up 3% grades, through mountain tunnels. The good news is that it is
not too late for you to live the dream. You can be at the throttle, actually
being the engineer and running a locomotive or driving a steam engine.
This is how it was. Take a few hours and enjoy going back in
time. Starting at the original East Ely depot, you will be boarding
the train at the same station, on the same track, and pulled by the same
locomotive that Nevada Northern Railway passengers have done for over 100
The Nevada Northern Railway hosts a Winter Steam Spectacular photo shoot during the first two weekends in February each year.
Railfans, Historians, and Photographers come from the world over to see the original Nevada Northern in action once again.
Join the photo line this year and come away with the memories of a lifetime.
The Nevadan Northern Railway has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark
for its role in the industrial and immigration history of the United States. This short video introduces you to the history
of the Nevadan Northern Railway, the copper industry, and White Pine County. There is some rare, original black-and-white historical footage
on this video.
We are a volunteer organization. Many of our programs and much of our behind-the-scenes work is done by volunteers.
Volunteers come from all over the country. Many local residents of While Pine County help the railroad in countless ways.
Volunteers perform important hand-on help with restoration, operations, and
Join us as Mark takes us on a brief history of riding the rails. From the first Sheffield hand car to the modern high-rail truck to a home-built railrider,
see the many ways to gild on steel rails. Also features some of our Young Adult Volunteers.
The Nevada Northern Railway has had several items restored by Rick and his crew at Rick's Restorations in Las Vegas, NV
These TV episodes have been aired on the History Channel since 2011.
Find more about the items, and watch Rick do his magic on the Nevada Northern Railway
When you visit Ely, NV, why not spend a night sleeping right in the middle of the railway's main East Ely yard?
We offer comfortable overnight accommodations in either the bunkhouse or a working caboose.
The Nevada Northern Railway has been the subject of tens of thousands of digital images. The Railway
attracts railfans, historians, and those interested in American Technology.
Many of those photographs get taken each year
at our annual Winter Steam Spectacular. Steve Crise is the professional photographer who stages the scenes and
who is instrumental to make this event so successful each year. This episode highlights the annual photo event, and Steve's wonderful photography.
It happens in each October in the remote town of Ely Nevada. The
nights grow longer and a certain chill comes over the entire valley.
It is time for the Haunted Ghost Train to once again make its run through
the night to witness all of the odd happenings up the tracks toward the old
Ruth Mine. View one of the recent trips and see for yourself.