WHAT: Our most popular ride, lasting about 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.
WHAT: In addition to the regular 90 minute excursions, check out our evening and special event trains.
MORE INFORMATION: These special trains are also listed on the calendar below.
Click here for all the details on our special trains
Join us for a trip back in time when the iron horse ruled the rails. The Nevada Northern Railway is a living, breathing, operating historic railroad. Come, enjoy history with us!
You will depart from our East Ely, NV depot, as our trains have done for a
century now. Most all of our trips head southwest, through two
tunnels and up real mountain grades toward the Ruth Copper Mining District.
Several trains each month, those specifically marked LAVON on the calendar of
events, run north, out the Steptoe Valley, on the hi-line toward McGill.
Each trip takes about 90 minutes. 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 now, so be at the depot ready for boarding 30 minutes before the departure time.
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 over a mile high in elevation, so weather is generally mild, but sometimes unpredictable.
Every so often out in these parts of the West, trains get held up by a band of outlaws. We have done our darndest to try and figure out when this might happen, and have indicated it in the schedule below. If you see the word "ROBBERY" on title of the event you hover over, then this is one of those trains that just might get held up. Some of the robbers have an uncanny resemblance to outstanding citizens of the community here, so don't be too alarmed. Those GhostRiders, as they call themselves, are volunteers that do lots of good 'round these here parts.
Sorry, pets aren't allowed on trains or on the tours. Service animals are always welcome, but please take necessary precautions for this somewhat noisy, industrial environment.
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
On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available 1/1/2017
At the end of most morning trips and 90 minutes before most afternoon trips you can join a complementary
narrated walking tour of the enginehouse and Main Yard. On the morning trips the train
can let you off at the original enginehouse to begin your complementary
"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 for these options is 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.
Check out the complete schedule and buy your tickets here, or give us a call at (866) 407-8326 or (775) 289-2085.
|2016 Ticket Prices||Adult||Child(4-12)||Infant (not yet 4)||2nd Train Ride|
|Train Ride and Guided Tour of Yard + Enginehouse||$31||$15||Free||1/2 Price|
|Guided Tour of Yard + Enginehouse||$14||$7||Free||N/A|
|Museum Admission (Self-guided walking tour)||$8||$4||Free||N/A|
|Ride with the Engineer (Cab Ride)||$150||n/a||n/a||1/2 Price|
|Ride in the Caboose||$37||$27||Free||1/2 Price|
Members receive discounts. Memberships start at $30
Hover over any available date to book your Ride Back in Time now.
If you still have a question about this program or the schedule click here