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.
You are at the throttle for two hours as you take one of our vintage locomotives from Ely up toward the old Ruth Mining District.
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?
Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's
The round-trip departs from our original depot in Ely, NV, as our trains have for over 100 years now. You will enjoy mountain scenery, historical narration, and the fun of taking a trip on the rails.
Don't miss the included "backstage" tour of the original shop and enginehouse after the trainride!
View complete schedule here.
Experience authentic American short-line railroading right out the early 1900's by participating in the annual Winter Steam Spectacular. Imagine a weekend of vintage locomotives and rolling stock staring in special photo run-bys and night scenes.
You will return with new memories, new friends, and photos of a lifetime. Find out how you can be in the photo line this year.
Take a week to learn, hands-on, what it was like to work on one of America's short-line railroads.
You will become familiar with locomotive and rolling stock maintenance, trackwork, train operations, and more.
Join in this full-imersion experience to become a railroad jack-of-all-trades.
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, personally greet each child, and present them with a souviner. No one in your family will ever forget this train ride together.
This often sells out, so Book early.
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.
This is the place to come a variety of railroad experiences. Yes, we
have train rides from East Ely up toward the old Ruth Mining District.
There are special evening trains, and, of course, don't miss the seasonal
Haunted Ghost Trains and our Polar Express trains to visit the North Pole.
We also have Hand-On adventures, including "Be the Engineer", "Ride with the Engineer", and Railroad Reality Week which is our Summer railroad camp for teens and adults.
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 1100 Avenue A, Ely, NV (at the end of E.11th Street, off of US 93). 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 3:30pm (2:30pm on Sunday).
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 5 years in a row
Best Event in Rural Nevada – The Polar Express - 5 years in a row
Nevada State Treasure • Best Preservation Effort in the West • Attraction of the Year
Best Place to Take the Kids in Rural Nevada – Recognized 8 times
Best Museum in Rural Nevada – Recognized 7 times
Best Tour in Rural Nevada - New award category in 2017