Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark        Ely, NV

Nevada Northern Railway Symposium

Iron Horse Symposium

35 Years and Still Steam'n
September 30 - October 2, 2022 - East Ely, NV

Fast Facts

WHAT: Iron Horse Symposium is a three day gathering of serious railfans to discuss and learn the railroad history, preservation activities, tours, and demonstrations.

WHERE: Nevada Northern Railway main yard and facilities in Ely, NV

WHEN: Held annually, usually the first full weekend in October.

HOW: Register Here

Nevada Northern Railway's Iron Horse Symposium continues a longstanding historical tradition of a Fall gathering of railfans from all over the country a weekend-long immersion experience.  There will be opportunity for hands-on experiences in the shops, yard, and right-of-way.

Experiences for this year include:

  • Working demonstration of historic equipment, such as Nevada Northern Steam Wrecking Crane "A" -- The oldest working steam crane on any US railroad.
  • Seeing Steam locomotives 81 and 93 in operation.
  • See the NNRY diesel locomotives in operation.  ALCOS RS-2 #105 and RS-3 #109 will be mu’d and Baldwin VO #801 will be fired up!
  • Train ride “mixer” with employees and participants. Coaches 7 & 8
  • On Display will be Rotary Snowplow #A, Baggage/RPO #20, Coach #5 and Outfit 06
  • Plenty of photo run-by opportunities
  • Optional opportunities to see the Ruth Copper Mine - the third largest open-pit on the American Continent.
  • View the FULL SCHEDULE here.


    There is usually ample lodging available in Ely during the Symposium, but it is a good idea to book well in advance.   Information on how to get to Ely and places to stay are listed under the VISIT -- Tourist Information menu.

    Click here to register for the Symposium and the optional events

    Either there is no availability in the near future, or the event has not yet been set up that far in advance.

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