Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark        Ely, NV

Special Trains/ Dinner Trains / Theme Trains

In addition to the special and themed extra-fare trains listed below we run our regular excursion trains several times each week April through October. Those regular trains are also listed on the full schedule at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

Sunset, Stars, and Champagne ** New for 2020 **

Locomotive 40, delivered here over 100 years ago

Experience a marvelous western sunset and watch the stars come out, while enjoying a relaxing train ride in Nevada's high desert country. The train takes you out into the desert, above Steptoe Valley, giving you a wonderful panoramic view of the sunset. On the return trip, enjoy looking up at the stars, as they come out in the heavens above. Weather permitting, you should be able to clearly see the heavens with your naked eye. Bring your smartphone to help orient you to the night sky. Please note, we do not bring telescopes on this train.

During the trip, enjoy a sparkly glass of champagne, included with your ticket fare.    Read more about this special event.

Prices:   Adult: $46   Child (4-12): $20   Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Sunset Stars and Champagne

sorry... no Sunset Stars and Champagne events remaining this season

Star Train

Night sky star train

For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live up here in the inter-mountain rural 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.

Our star train pulls out of Ely with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard.  These rangers love the night sky as much as we do, but probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put together.  They will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey.  We will stop the train away from town and have a special telescope for viewing the night sky.    Read more about this special event.


If you don't want to wait until the following year, then consider the Sunset Stars and Champaign Train (above) or click here for other options.

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

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Copper Spike Limited

Locomotive 40, delivered here over 100 years ago

May 10th, 1869, 150 years ago, America's first transcontinental railroad was completed  at Promontory Summit, Utah. This monumental event connected our young country together.  It was a day that changed our destiny.

Just 37 years later a rail link from the transcontinental railroad down to one of the largest copper discoveries on the content was completed. On October 30th, 1906 the railroad finally reached Ely. To a large and cheering crowd the ceremonial last spike, made of solid local copper, was set in place and the line was opened. That was the beginning of the Nevada Northern Railway.

Let's explore the early history of Ely and the Railroad.  You will be able to see the actual historic Copper Spike, and ride on some of the original roadbed. By 1910 the town of Ely was booming. The large depot, the main yard, and engine house, and maintenance facilities were all built.  Also by then several of the steam locomotives that are still in operation today were delivered brand-new from the factories back East, including the one that pulls the train you will be riding on!

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Copper Spike Limited

sorry... no Copper Spike Limited events remaining this season

Pony Express

Locomotive 40, delivered here over 100 years ago

Join us for a commemoration of the famous Pony Express route that traversed Nevada, linking the country together  in 1860.  At 4:30 sharp, a train pulled by one of our steam locomotives will pull out of Ely, heading up the hill toward the old Ruth Mining District.  Once we arrive at the Keystone area we will stop so you can witness a Pony Express hand-off staged by Ely's own Ghost Riders.  This local volunteer group is responsible for the Pony Express reenactment as it crosses White Pine County each year.  Back in Ely, you will be able to spend some time with the Ghost Riders and talk to them about the historic Pony Express and their participation in the nationwide Pony Express re-enactment. 

Before we leave each passenger will receive a commemorative envelope and stamp.  If you arrive early, U.S. postal clerks will be in our original turn-of-the century Railway Post Office car (RPO) car to hand-cancel your stamp.  The national network of RPO cars was the next epoch in linking the nation together.  The RPO era lasted from just after the Pony Express days until the mid 1950's.  Once your envelope is canceled you can leave it to be placed in the Pony Express rider's mochila (pouch). 

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Pony Express Limited

sorry... no Pony Express Limited events remaining this season

Wild West Limited

Outlaws! Hold on to your wallets

Join us for a late afternoon wild-west adventure aboard a real century-old steam train.  Yes, there will be cowboys,  horses, outlaws, and inlaws, so hold on to your wallet!  Those horse-thieving robbers have been known to hold up the trains running through these parts.  Don't worry, we guarantee the train will get back to Ely one way or another.  We sure hope you make it back as well so you can tell your friends all about it.

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Wild West Limited

sorry... no Wild West Limited events remaining this season

Rockin' & Rollin' Geology Train

Geology Train

But wait...remember back in 6th grade science class when they talked about that big blob of molten Earth swirling around in space?  That is, until it cooled enough to support fast-food franchises, legos, and other evidence of advanced life forms.   Why, with all of that swirling around, did all of that copper, gold, and silver coagulate here, in the Robinson Mining District, for us to dig out and use to build a nation? 

We won't solve all of the Earth's great mysteries on this trip, but we will have a lively presentation by a local geologist talking about the mining history here, how railway entered the picture, and a show and tell with real ore samples.   Don't forget, all of this as the century-old steam engine pulls your train up 2.5% grades through the great geological "museum" right outside your window.

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Rockin Rollin Geology Train

sorry... no Rockin Rollin Geology Train events remaining this season

Fourth of July

Fireworks in Ely

Join us for perhaps Ely's very best Forth of July party!  We start the evening with a trip "Up the hill" toward the Ruth Mining District.  On the way back we stop the train at a perfect viewing location to see Ely's Fourth of July fireworks display.  Either watch from the train, or bring your own lawn chairs.  It's a fun way to celebrate this Independence Day evening as a group with your train friends.

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Fourth of July

sorry... no Fourth of July events remaining this season

Taste of Italy   Dinner Train

Welcome aboard Nevada Northern Railways Premier Dinner Train

This is an annual gala fundraiser for the railroad.   Your coaches will be pulled by one of our century-old steam locomotives for a special dinner trip on the Nevada Northern Railway mainline.   It will be our pleasure to serve you a classic, multi-course Italian meal, complete with flowing wine, and dessert.   Adults only on this train. 

Taste of Italy is generously sponsored by longtime supporters of the Railroad,

Prices:   Adult: $59    Child (4-12): N/A   Infant (not yet 4): N/A

Dates and Tickets for Taste of Italy

sorry... no Taste of Italy events remaining this season

Haunted Ghost Train

Haunted Ghost Train

Prepare yourself for a scary trip as we dare to send our haunted train up the hill on selected weekend dates in October.  Ghost stories  come alive, so-to-speak, as we see zombies, ghosts, ghouls, aliens and maybe even Big Foot. You never know what's around the next bend, and we've been sworn to secrecy.  See for yourself!  Costumes are encouraged unless you're just naturally scary.   View the Haunted Ghost Train schedule and see video of last year's event.

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Haunted Ghost Train

Sat, Oct 24th 7:00pm

Santa's Reindeer Flyer

Polar Express Train

Join with us as the most magical train of the year, Santa's Reindeer Flyer, once again heads to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus.  Everyone knows that Santa loves trains so it is only natural that you will find Santa here, on the Nevada Northern Railway.  On the trip to the North Pole, we serve hot chocolate and cookies.  Check out Santa's schedule and complete details.

Fire and Ice

Fireworks in Ely

Where can you see fireworks shot off a moving steam train? Only in Ely! The Fireworks Express at the Nevada Northern Railway leaves the Depot at 4:30 p.m. in mid-January.  Fireworks are set off after nightfall.  Get your 'front row' seats to the fireworks.  Like many of these special trains, this annual train is generally a sell-out, so book early.

Prices:   Adult: $41    Child (4-12): $20    Infant (not yet 4): Free

Dates and Tickets for Fire and Ice

sorry... no Fire and Ice events remaining this season


Regular Excursion Trains

Don't forget that we have trains running most all of the time April through December. The calendar below has all of our trains; those described above as well as our regular excursion trains.   Hover over any available date to book a train ride.

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Kurt (Saskatchewan Canada) says...
I rode the Steptoe Valley Flyer and it was perfect. Outstanding commentary; 100% authentic cars and locomotives; great scenery. Highly recommended. I hope to visit and ride again.
Robert Harris says...
I would like to thank Joan the curator for all of her work that she did.. As I was trying to book my ticket for the Aug 1st Step toe Valley Flyer. She went above and beyond to assist me in this, so I could join my friends in enjoying this experience! Thank you so much, this is just another reason why I recommend making the trip to Ely, and the NNRY to every one I know..