Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark     Ely, NV 

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'NOTE: The webcam is currently inoperable due to lightening
Fall is a great time to head up the mountains with us. Trains run six days a week through October 5th..........Are you ready for the Haunted Ghost Train? Saturday Evenings, This OCTOBER, plus a special Double Dare run Halloween Eve (Friday, Oct 30th).

Haunted Ghost Train of Old Ely

Dare to Ride

Haunted Ghost Train

A certain chill comes across the Ghost Train of Old Ely each October. There seems to be legions of demons, ghosts, and goblins invading the otherwise peaceful setting here on some October nights.

We dare to send a trainload of brave souls out on several weekend nights in October to witness it for themselves.  Do you dare join them this year?  Find out how.

The Polar Express


Your family will experience a real-life Polar Express train trip to the North Pole!   Along the way you will be served hot chocolate and cookies and hear the Polar Express story from the beloved book.

Santa will board the train to greet each of you and personally leave a souvenir with each child.   Imagine you and your family singing Christmas carols on a real train ride this year.  No one in your family will ever forget this train ride together. This often sells out, so Book early.

Train Schedule

Daily - Check for details:

                     Be the Engineer - DIESELclick to reserve
                     Overnight Lodging in the Yardclick to reserve
                     Walking Tour of the Yard

Sunday, October 4

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

Monday, October 5

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Wednesday, October 7

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Thursday, October 8

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Friday, October 9

   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, October 10

View the full train schedule

Be the Engineer

Experience of a lifetime

You are at the throttle for two hours as you take one of our vintage locomotives from Ely up toward the Ruth mine. You will experience two tunnels, and 2.5% grades.  

Main-line standard-gauge mountain railroading at its best!  This is the experience of a lifetime.  Hear from others who have actually done it.

If you like, this experience can be shared with a friend.  It also makes a great gift.  Why not share it together this year?

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 the satisfaction of helping to preserve an important part of history.

Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia

Enjoy videos about the Nevada Northern

Railway Fun, Facts & Trivia is a series of videos introducing the Nevada Northern Railway.  Videos include Be the Engineer, Night at the Museum, Volunteers, Rick's Restoration, Becoming a National Historic Landmark, and others.

Pick a topic, sit back, and enjoy a short video or two about exploring history at the Nevada Northern Railway. Enjoy a great selection of steam engine videos.

The Nevada Northern Railway is a National Historic Landmark and nonprofit museum. Most of the original Nevada Northern locomotives, rolling stock, track and buildings are being preserved as part of our ongoing mission.   The track was laid over a century ago through the Great Basin of Nevada to service one of the largest copper mines on the continent.  Two of the original steam locomotives that were ordered for the railroad over a century ago are still in operation today.   It has been said that the Nevada Northern Railway is the best-preserved example of a standard-gauge short-line left in North America.

For your enjoyment we offer a variety of railroad experiences. These include walking through the yards and shops, train-rides, "Be the Engineer", Railroad Reality Weeks, and special evening trains.  Don't miss the annual Haunted Ghost Trains and the Polar Express runs.  For more information call us toll-free at 866-40-STEAM (866-407-8326) or locally at 775-289-2085, or email us.   The Nevada Northern Railway Depot and Gift Shop is located at . We are open daily from 9am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on nights when later trains are scheduled).  Note that we are closed Tuesdays September through June.   We are also closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Eve and Day.   For a tour arrive prior to 4pm (3pm on Sunday).

Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 2013
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year - 2012
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – 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