Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV

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'NOTE: The webcam is currently inoperable due to lightening Ready for some Halloween Fun? The Hauted Ghost Train will run to toward the Old Ruth Mine in October. Details Here....... Snow will be here soon. Book the Polar Express early. Most trips sell out.

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.

Winter Photo Spectacular

Feb 10-12 and Feb 17-19  2017

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.


Daily - Check for details:

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

Wednesday, October 26

   09:30 AM Diesel Excursion Train

Friday, October 28

Saturday, October 29

   01:00 PM Steam Excursion Train
   07:00 PM Haunted Ghost Train

Sunday, October 30

   09:30 AM Steam Excursion Train

Saturday, November 5

   01:00 PM Diesel Excursion Train

Saturday, November 12

View the full train and event schedule

2017 Schedule Summary

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 April)

On-Line ticketing, along with the full schedule (including special trains and events) will be available 1/1/2017

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?

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