Take a trip back in time aboard one of our regularly scheduled passenger train trips. Excursions operate throughout the year:
Join railfans who come from around the world for a first-hand adventure on the "Best-preserved short-line in America":
Getting here can be a great adventure. Check out some of the options:
Yes, you can spend a night or two here in the museum.
WHAT: Specially themed trains operate throughout the year.
WHEN: Check the schedule below for these special experiences.
DON'T FORGET: These special trains usually sell-out in advance. Make your reservation early.
WHAT: These special seasonal trains are our most popular events for the old and young alike.
WHEN: Haunted Ghost Trains dare to run the 4 weekends before Halloween. Polar Express operates Thanksgiving through Christmas
In addition to our normal excursion train schedule, these
specially themed trains run at selected times throughout the year.
See the complete schedule below for these special trains
Our trains feature on-board restroom, wheelchair accessibility, and snacks and beverages available for purchase. All trains here operate on-time regardless of the weather, as they have for over a century, so be at the depot ready for boarding 45 minutes before the departure time. Sorry, pets aren't allowed on trains or on the tours. Certified service animals are always welcome, but please take necessary precautions for this somewhat noisy, industrial environment.
A lively presentation by a local geologist talking about the railroad, mining history, and a show and tell of ore samples. All of this as the century-old steam engine is pulling your train through the great geological "museum" right outside the window of your coach. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on-board. See dates and prices below
Join us for a wild-west evening aboard a steam train, complete with cowboys and horses.
Hold on to your wallet! Those horse-thieving robbers have been known to hold up the trains running through these parts.
We guarantee the train will get back to Ely one way or another, and we sure hope
you make it back as well to tell your friends all about it.
Travel back in time to enjoy a classic railroad experience. The Steptoe
Valley Flyer was the train that carried 4.5 million passengers from 1906 to 1941
to White Pine County. The Steptoe Valley Flyer will be departing from the
original depot, using the original First-Class Passenger Car 5 (built 1882), the
original Baggage/Railway Post Office Car 20 (built 1906), and pulled by their
original Steam Locomotive 40 (delivered here in 1910). How cool is that?
Feel free to dress up in some of your grandparent's old clothes, sit back, and imagine that
you and your family are immigrants, just completing a very long journey to a new
land, and are about to arrive in White Pine County via this
very train, sitting in these very coaches, arriving at this very station to start a new life here.
There will be a nearly complete solar eclipse of the sun on August 21st this year
as the moon aligns itself to as to cast a giant shadow onto the earth.
Ely will be about 90% of the way into the moon's shadow, which will make the
landscape appear as a very dark brown color as it turn almost as dark as night
in the middle of the day. Join us for a special journey on the Solar
Eclipse Limited as we head up toward the old Ruth Mining District. We
arrive at the end of the line just before the eclipse is at its maximum effect.
On the way up things will be getting darker. On the way back they will be
getting lighter. It will be a round-trip into the solar eclipse and back.
Special Solar Glasses are included for passengers on this trip so you can see the sun's eclipse directly. This is a very rare opportunity to be on a train while a solar eclipse is transpiring.
This is an annual gala fundraiser for the railroad. Your coaches
will be pulled by one of our century-old steam locomotives for a trip on the
Nevada Northern Railway mainline. It will be our pleasure to serve
you a classic, multi-course Italian meal, complete with flowing wine, and
dessert. Adults only on this train.
Taste of Italy is generously sponsored by longtime supporters of the Railroad,
Where can you see fireworks shot off a moving steam train? Only in Ely! The Fireworks Express at the Nevada Northern Railway leaves the Depot at 4:30 p.m. in mid-January. Fireworks are set off after nightfall. Get your 'front row' seats to the fireworks. Like many of these special trains, this annual train is generally a sell-out, so book early.
Join us for an evening trip the hill and back. We stop the train at a perfect viewing location to see Ely's
Fourth of July fireworks display. Either watch from the train, or bring
your own lawn chairs. It's a fun way to celebrate this Independence Day
evening as a group with your train friends.
For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live up here in the inter-mountain rural West, you are missing
our breathtakingly beautiful night sky.
For those of you who live in these parts, you may not have taken the time lately to stop and gaze at the Heavens.
Either way, plan a special night out with those beautiful stars of ours.
Our star train pulls out of Ely with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard. These rangers love the night sky as much as we do, but probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put together. They will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey. We will stop the train away from town and have a special telescope for viewing the night sky. Read more about this special event.
Prepare yourself for a scary trip as we dare to send our haunted train up the hill on selected weekend dates in October. Ghost stories come alive, so-to-speak, as we see zombies, ghosts, ghouls, aliens and maybe even Big Foot. You never know what's around the next bend, and we've been sworn to secrecy. See for yourself! Costumes are encouraged unless you're just naturally scary. View the Haunted Ghost Train schedule and see video of last year's event.
Join with us as the most magical train of the year, the Polar Express Train, once again heads to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus. Everyone knows that Santa loves trains. On the trip to the North Pole, we serve hot chocolate and cookies and read the story the Polar Express. Check out the Polar Express schedule and complete details.
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|Fire and Ice Fireworks||$39||$20||Free||4:30pm||13-Jan|
|Rockin' & Rollin' Geology Train||$39||$20||Free||4:30pm||May 20, June 17,July 12, July 22, Aug 12, Sept 9|
|Wild West Limited||$39||$20||Free||4:30pm||May 27, June 24, July 15, Aug 5, Aug 26,|
|Steptoe Valley Flyer||$39||$20||Free||4:30pm||June 3, July 1, July 29, Sep 2|
|Pony Expres Limited||$39||$20||Free||4:30pm||June 10, Aug 8, Aug 19|
|A Taste of Italy||$59||N/A||N/A||6:30pm||Sep 16|
|Fourth of July||$39||$20||Free||6:30pm||July 4|
|Star Train||$39||$20||Free||7:00pm||May 26, June 23, July 21, Aug 18, Sep 8|
|The Solar Eclipse Limited||$39||$20||Free||9:30aM||Aug 21|
|Haunted Ghost Trains||$39||$20||Free||Select weekend nights in October|
|Polar Express||$42||$25||Free||Select days Thanksgiving through Christmas|
Hover over any available date to book one of the Evening / Specialty trains.
Normal 90 minute excursion runs are also available on most of the dates below.
Click here to view all excursion train rides (including the special trains)