For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live up here in the
Rural Inter-Mountain West, you are missing our breathtakingly beautiful night
sky. For those of you who live in these parts, you may not have taken the time
lately to stop and gaze at the Heavens. Either way, plan a special night out
with those beautiful stars of ours.
This area has one of the darkest skies in the lower 48 states which provides the
setting for our wonderful night skies.
Nevada Northern Railway's Star Train pulls out of Ely on selected Summer
evenings with the Dark
Great Basin National Park aboard. These rangers love the night sky as much as
we all do, but they probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put
together. They will guide us on our journey to find interesting things up in the Heavens on
We will stop the train away from town to
take full advantage of the dark night skies. The National Park Service Rangers will
be taking us on our own special tour of the celestial constellations.
Our trains feature on-board restroom, wheelchair accessibility, and snacks and beverages available for purchase.
The Star Trains are pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives, and leave
around sunset, so you will have a chance to see the sun as it sinks down over
the Steptoe Valley. It is a great time of day to admire the rural
Intermountain West at its best.
It is usually clear up here at night,
but the train will still operate and the Park Rangers will still be on-board
with an astronomy show-and-tell regardless of what Mother Nature dishes up.
Would you also like to take the trip up toward the old Ruth Mining
District on a train pulled by a steam locomotive? Who wouldn't?
We also have a steam-powered excursion train
departing at 4:30 pm on Friday afternoons, and another one at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
During the check-out process you can add a Four-Day pass at a reduced rate to go
on additional train rides while
you are here.
Note that the trains depart from and return to Ely, NV
with National Park Service Rangers on board. The train does not travel
into or from Great Basin National Park. Ely is the closest town to
Great Basin National Park (1h west), so it makes a logical hopping-off point
for an extended visit to the Park. Don't miss the opportunity to
explore the rest of the National Park, including Lehman Caves.
Prices and Discounts
Members receive 10% to 90% discount on train tickets
depending on their membership level. Membership discounts are applied
automatically on-line when you log in to your member account. Memberships start at only $30.
White Pine County Residents who are not members can
sign up for a White Pine Pass for free that entitles you to 10% off train tickets. Sign-up in person for free at the ticket window.
Just bring your drivers license to prove residency. Once you have your card the discount is applied automatically
when you log in to your account.
Groups of 12 or more should call (775) 289-2085 to arrange their group visit at a discount.
Can't Get Enough Trains? We completely understand. You can buy a Four-Day
Pass upgrade to also ride any regularly scheduled excursion train
while you are here. Add the Four-Day pass upgrade option when you check out.
No passes or other discounts apply to these Special / Evening trains.
Note that no cameras, telescopes, and tripods are allowed on the Star Train
If new Star Trains are added, they will appear here first
We do not have a wait list for the Star Trains, but you are welcome to
check back here.
Star Trains are run in conjunction with Great Basin National Park. The
number of trains we can run is limited by the National Park resources,
including their famous "Dark Ranger" astronomy-certified park rangers.
Or, come to Ely and use that as your base-camp. There is
plenty of lodging in town. Then, drive out to Great Basin to attend one of their other
Programs. It is only an hour drive. Ely is the closest city to
reviews about us
What does it mean to be a "member"? And what is the name of the membership (member of what, exactly...the NV Northern Railway Association)? Are there some other features of "membership" besides early ticket purchase? If there isn't, then you should just call it a "cover fee" or a way to bring in extra money for yourselves.
Prudence, thanks for asking. We are a non-profit historic foundation. The vast majority of financial support to keep this open to the public comes from memberships, donations, and grants. A large part of the labor necessary to fulfill our mission comes from volunteers.
Details about memberships are here
Since you are relatively close by, from Idaho, details about volunteering are here.
We are a 501c3 foundation. Donations are tax-deductible.
Do you ever get cancellations and how are those handled? Is there a wait list that can be joined?
Cancelations: It only happens rarely. Since so many riders come from afar, there is no time for another party to make travel arrangements. We do not keep a waiting list since in the past it just added frustration to people who were hoping for a seat.
You might want to consider the Sunset, Stars, and Champaign evening train.
is there a waiting list I can be put on or a date when the 2023/24 train tickets go on sale?
When will the tickets for 2023 go on sale?
when can we buy tickets for 2022 and how often does it run every day ?
how can i get alerts for when it goes pn sale for 2022 cant be sold out already can it?
James, yes, unfortunately, it has already sold out 2022. We sent an email to all members in early August telling them about the on-sale. We still had several trains available when the General Public on-sale occurred on September 1st, but they all sold out by now.
You might want to consider our Sunset, Stars, and Champaign train. the 2022 dates for it will go on sale for members on September 15th and for non-members on October 1st. See https://nnry.com/pages/EveningTrain.php.
I live in New York city. How would I make the arrangements to get there? Thanks!
Sonia, thanks for the question. We have a web page on how to get to Ely. https://nnry.com/pages/gethere.php
Want to ride the dark sky train with my nephews. Any date would be ok.
Sara, we wish that we had some extra tickets for you and your nephews, but they are all sold out for this year. Depending on their ages, there are other evening trains running this summer that they may enjoy. Take a look here: https://nnry.com/pages/special.php
When will the Star Train schedule and ticket sales go out for 2022?
Many people have been asking about this. We run the Star Train in conjunction with the National Park Service. They do not have their schedule finalized; possibly as late as December or January. In the meantime, you may want to consider the Sunset, Champaign, and Stars train.
You can also sign up for our mailing list and be the first to know about the Star Train 2022 schedule.
When do tickets for 2021 go on sale
Joan. thanks for asking about the Star Train for next year. We would love to run the train every night, but in reality, the schedule depends on the Great Basin National Park and their Dark Rangers - Night Sky program.
Great Basin will not have next year's schedule available until very late this year. We will be sending out an email to all of our members as soon as we finalize our schedule for next year.
Will you be adding another day to the night time star train?
We sincerely thank everyone for their interest in the Star Train. We are receiving several comments like this every day. As much as we would like to add more Star Trains in 2020, that is not possible. Star Trains are run in conjunction with Great Basin National Park. The number of trains we can run is limited by the National Park resources, including their famous "Dark Ranger" astronomy-certified park rangers. They also have to run the Night Sky program in the park, so they can not provide us more evenings........Which brings us to the next suggestion:
We understand how frustrating that must be to have missed out on the Star Train for 2020. The best solution to the Star Trains being sold out is
I use to live in Las Vegas and nobody ever told me about this WHY lol..
I would love to do this.
done this quite a few times.. always fun and cool to see the stars and planets