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Keep the Fire Burning

This 501(c) Non-Profit Foundation has been acclaimed as America's best-preserved short line railroad. It wouldn't exist without the loyalty from hundreds of supporters like yourself. 

Explore membership benefits,  including DISCOUNTS, and the satisfaction of taking a role preserving an important part of history.

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.

We're Open

Trains are Running


We are back in operation and following the Nevada State Guidelines for Museums.

Read the full policy statement here.


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Departures

Wednesday, August 5

   09:30 AM Diesel-Robinson Canyon

Thursday, August 6

   09:30 AM Diesel-Valley Vista

Friday, August 7

   04:30 PM Steam-Robinson Canyon
   07:30 PM Star Train

Saturday, August 8

   01:00 PM Steam-Robinson Canyon
   04:30 PM Pony Express Limited

Sunday, August 9

   09:30 AM Steam-Robinson Canyon

View the full train and event schedule

Be the Engineer

Climb up to the Real Thing!



You are at the throttle for two hours as you take a full-size, standard-gauge steam locomotive from Ely up toward the old Ruth Mining District.

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

Locomotive 81 Restoration

Let's do this!


Phoenix Dare Campaign

Thanks to your support, we are over half way there.  Tubes are going back in the boiler and the running gear is receivinhg new brass. 

Last time that was done was 1949!


Find out How to Help


Fast Facts

OPEN DAILY:  EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Day, and Jan 2nd.

HOURS:  Ticket Desk and General Store open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later). For a walking tour arrive one hour or more prior to closing. Full train schedule here

WHERE: In the mountains of Central Nevada. 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno. Set your GPS for 1100 Avenue A, Ely, NV 89301 (at the end of E.11th Street, off of US 93).

WHY:  Acclaimed as the best preserved and most original example of an American railroad facility. Passenger train rides operate on the original main line, many behind one of our original working steam engines.

PHONE:  775-289-2085 or
866-40-STEAM  (866-407-8326)

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum:

Track for the Nevada Northern Railway was laid over a century ago, connecting one of the largest copper mines in North America to the Transcontinental routes to the North. Today, several of the original coal-fired standard-gauge steam locomotives that were ordered and delivered new to the railroad over a century ago are still in operation!   The Nevada Northern Railway is the best-preserved example of a standard-gauge short-line left in North America.

Immerse yourself in historic railroad experiences:

Right from your home you can connect with the what is going on here.  Take a peek at our live webcam or explore the  panoramic virtual reality.  Also consider becoming a member or volunteer to help with the preservation, operation, and restoration work here.   It's true that getting here can be half the fun, so start planning your trip tonight.   We are located on what has been called "The Loneliest Highway in America."  Find out why

You can book tickets right on this website.  For more information call us at 775-289-2085 or 866-40-STEAM (866-407-8326), or email us.   The Nevada Northern Railway Museum, Depot, and General Store is located at 1100 Avenue A  Ely, NV.  We are open daily  EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Years Day, and Jan 2nd.   Ticket Desk and General Store open 8am-5pm (4pm on Sundays, later on days when trains depart later). For a walking tour arrive one hour or more prior to closing. Full train schedule here

Our General Store features a variety of souvenirs and gifts.   All merchandise is tax-free.   Your patronage helps preserve history and support ongoing Museum restoration projects.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - 7 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