Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV


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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 old Ruth Mining District.

This is the experience of a lifetime.  Hear from others who have actually done it.

Railroad Reality Week

Hands-on Railroad Training


Learn what it was like to work on one of America's short-line railroads. You will get hands-on with locomotives, trackwork, train operations, and more.

Join in this week-long full-imersion experience to become a railroad jack-of-all-trades.

Departures

Daily - Check for details:

     Walking Tour of the Yard

Wednesday, June 20

   09:30 AM DIESEL-Robinson Canyon

Thursday, June 21

   09:30 AM DIESEL-Valley Vista

Friday, June 22

   04:30 PM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

Saturday, June 23

   01:00 PM STEAM-Robinson Canyon
   04:30 PM Steptoe Valley Flyer

Sunday, June 24

   09:30 AM STEAM-Robinson Canyon

View the full train and event schedule

Hands-On History

Live the Experience Yourself


Immerse yourself in an experience you will never forget.

You can drive a locomotive out on the mainline. You can sleep overnight in the middle of a real railroad yard. You can spend an entire week learning first-hand what railroading is all about.

Find out how.

Train Rides

Ride Back in Time


Enjoy a 90 minute train ride pulled by one of Nevada Northern Railway's original locomotives.

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. 

View complete schedule here.

How to Get to Ely, NV

Home of the Nevada Northern Railway

We are located on what has been called "The Loneliest Highway in America."  Find out why


Destination Vacation - Find out what's waiting for you in the Heart of The Rural American West.


Welcome to the official webcam and weathercam for the Nevada Northern Railway in East Ely, NV. This view is the railroad's main yard.

This scene is very similar to what you would have seen at this very spot 100 years ago today!  Very little has changed.

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 specially themed 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 hands-on 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