Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark     Ely, NV 

Ride Back In Time

Spend an hour or two back in the early 1900's

Excursion Trains

WHAT: Our most popular ride, lasting approximately 90 minutes.

WHERE: Depart East Ely, NV and ride up toward the Ruth Mine. Travel through two tunnels and up real mountain grades.

WHEN: Steam every weekend mid-April through mid-October. Diesel other times. Check schedule below.

DONT MISS: Complementary tour of the original shops and grounds after the train ride.

Click here to view schedule and buy tickets now

Special Event Trains

WHAT: In addition to the regular 90 minute excursions, check out our evening and special event trains.

WHEN: Often on Saturday evenings in the summer.  Also, seasonal Haunted Ghost Trains and Polar Express Trains

MORE INFORMATION: These special trains are also listed on the calendar below.

Click here for all the details on our special trains

Background on what 's here:

Join us for a trip back in time when the iron horse ruled the rails. Today, the Nevada Northern Railway is the last of its kind - the sole survivor from a grand era of railroading in the Silver State. Now a National Historic Landmark, it is America's best preserved short-line railroad and most complete rail facility still in existence.

The Nevada Northern Railway is a living, breathing, operating historic railroad.  Sometimes it's gritty, sometimes it's dirty, and sometimes it smells of coal smoke, creosote and sweat.  Locomotives whistle off, cars clang as they are coupled together and wheels squeal as the locomotive is turned on the wye.  It is real.

What to expect:

One of our Steam locomotives is scheduled to pull the train on weekends mid-April through mid-October. One of the vintage diesels are schedules at other times.    See schedule below for specifics. 

It is extremely rare, but possible, that we may need to alter schedule, equipment, or routing due to the historical nature of our operations. Our on-time departure record is much better than any major airline, but admittedly our equipment is a bit older than most of them operate.   Be at the depot 30 minutes before departure.

Restrooms as well as snacks and beverages are available at the concession stand in the coaches during your trip.  You will have your choice of coach or open-air seating, or feel free to roam between the two.   A hat and sunscreen are advisable for the open-air car.   Bring a jacket along for the evening trips.  We are above a mile in elevation, so weather is sometimes unpredictable.   It rains several times each week in the Summer and we have had snow on Memorial Day.  All trains operate regardless of the weather, as they have been for over a century.

Pets are not allowed on trains or on the tours. The railroad is an industrial site that may have some grease, oil, or material fragments that are incompatible with your pet's paws.


At the end of most morning trips you can join the complementary narrated walking tour of the shops and grounds.  The train will let you off at the original enginehouse to begin your "backstage" tour.  Your tour will end at the depot where you parked your car. It is a great way to see how a real short-line American railroad maintained itself in the mid 1900's. Sturdy shoes are suggested for the tour.

There are two upgrade options available for your trip. Instead of riding in the regular coaches, consider:

These option often sell-out in advance, and are not available on every trip, so we suggest you book them early using the calendar below, on this page.  The extra fare on these options are a great way to show your support for the museum and the restoration/preservation work that goes on here.   Of course, members earn their discount on these options as well.

Note that riding up with the engineer has age and clothing requirements discussed here

Check out the complete schedule and buy your tickets here, or give us a call at (866) 407-8326 or (775) 289-2085.

2014 Ticket Prices
2014 Ticket PricesAdultChild(4-12)Infant (Under 3)2nd Train Ride
Admission to Museum$6 $3 FreeN/A
Admission and Guided Tour$10 $6 FreeN/A
Train Ride + Tour + Admission$27 $16 Free1/2 Price
Ride with the Engineer(Cab Ride)$135 n/a n/a1/2 Price
Ride in the Caboose$37$27Free1/2 Price
Annual Pass$59$29


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Videoray (Portland Oregon) says...
I was in town and lucked into the locals train tour. I am not a local so I bought the ticket, what a ball! Great tour, fun run, nice folks. One of the best \"lucky day\" experiences ever. I remember steam trains as a kid. Restoration is so limited in scope-this is rebirth-steam engines are alive! 100% recommend the tour/ride/Ely. While you are the area check the bee hive ovens to the south. Another major bit of history. Again, thanks to everyone for the wonderful experience.
9th October 2014 12:38pm
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