Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark      Ely, NV


Nevada Northern's Hy-Rail #18
 Number 18 is on the track at Shafter, Nevada. You can see the railroad wheels in the down position.
During restoration, the vehicle has been stripped to bare metal.
Installing the rear drive compnent to move the vehicle while it is on the rails.
Original sales order for HyRail 18

Fairmont HY-RAIL #18

Operate a HyRail Car - Hands-On History
Nevada Northern Railway HyRail Car Lives Again


Fast Facts

WHAT: You will be riding in (or even driving) our restored Fairmont Hy-Rail maintenance vehicle out on the NNRY mainline.

WHEN: By reservation, so make plans in advance.  Pick an available date from the calendar below

WHO: Up to three people in your party. Price below is for the entire party,  not per person. 
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You can actually take the Nevada Northern Railway's restored Fairmont Hy-Rail car out on the original Mainline track.  This vehicle began life as a very cool 1956 Pontiac Chieftain station wagon.  Fairmont converted may of these American family cars into utility vehicles for America's railroads. 

You will be there for the transition from road-to-rail and back again.  The experience is round-trip  from East Ely to Lane City.  You will go out on the NNRY mainline through two tunnels and up 2% grades.  You  will return to East Ely on the "Loneliest Road in America', US 50.   The entire experience covers about 10 miles and take about an hour. 

One option is for you and up to two other guests to ride while we drive.  The other option is for you to operate with up to two guests along to enjoy the ride in the hy-rail car.   Either way you will have a unique experience and also be doing your part to financially support the restoration and preservation that the Foundation is undertaking here.

What to Expect

We will start with an orientation showing you how, back in the day, Fairmont mounted a set of rail wheels to good old American station wagons, thus enabling them to also be rail utility vehicles.  We will also demonstrate to you how the station wagon coverts itself into a rail vehicle. 

Once that happens we will be off for a ride on the rails in the seats of the 1956 Pontiac Chieftain.

You and your party will be escorted by one of our staff members on this experience.  You will be the only participants on this experience.  

Closing Through May 31st


Due to the Corona virus we will be closed to the public through May 31st.

We will continue working in our shops, including returning Locomotive 81 to service. Many of the restoration expenses will continue, so your memberships and donations are all the more important during these times.

Prices and Discounts

HyRail OptionMemberNon-Member
Hy-Rail Experience (RIDE, party of 1 to 3 people)$85$100
Hy-Rail Experience (DRIVE, party of 1 to 3 people)$277$325

If you're ready to book your HY-Rail  experience then hover any available date below to book!

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Fairmont Hy-Rail Track Inspection Vehicle Experience

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