Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

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Labor Day Weekend

Steaming All Weekend Long!

Steam-powered wrecking crane
Watch the oldest operating steam-powered crane on any American railroad come to life, and do some really heavy lifting- Sunday 11am
Special Stamp Cancelations from the Original Nevada Northern Railway Post Office Car #20 - Sat 11am  and 3pm
The final run this year of the Steptoe Valley Flyer. The original locomotive 40, original passenger consist - Sat 4:30pm


Check out what's cook'n in Ely

Cooking bacon on the shovel

We took a video of the crew cooking bacon on the coal shovel of Locomotive #93 and posted it on the Nevada Northern Facebook page.

While you are there, Like our Facebook page to keep current on all that is cook'n in Ely.

Train Schedule

Daily - Check for details:

                     Be the Engineer - DIESELclick to reserve
                     Overnight at the Museumclick to reserve
                     Walking Tour of the Yard

Wednesday, August 24

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Thursday, August 25

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Friday, August 26

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train
                     Be The Engineer - STEAM
   04:30 PM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, August 27

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train

Sunday, August 28

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

Monday, August 29

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

View the full train and event 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?

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.

Train Rides

Ride Back in Time

Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's original locomotives - large standard-gauge steam engines that were delvered here over a century ago, or a vintage diesel locomotive.

The round-trip departs from our original depot in East Ely, NV, as they 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.

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