Nevada Northern Railway
National Historic Landmark        Ely, NV

Welcome Aboard!
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Locomotive 93 at East Ely Depot
You can ride on the open flatcar
Seating in the caboose is available!  Here is the view <br>from the cupola as you head up into those mountains ahead.
We're on our way!  It's a great day for a train ride
Locomotive 40 heading up the 2% grade<br>toward the Ruth Mining District
After your train ride, be sure to take the<br>complementary tour of the historic Enginehouse

Ride Back In Time

Spend an hour or two back in the early 1900's

Fast Facts

WHAT: Our most popular ride, lasting about 90 minutes.

WHERE: Depart East Ely, NV and ride up toward the Ruth Mine. Travel through two tunnels and up real mountain grades.

WHEN: Steam every weekend mid-April through mid-October. Diesel other times.  Check schedule below.

DONT MISS: Complementary tour of the original shops and grounds with your train ride.

Click here to view schedule and buy tickets now

Special / Theme Trains

WHAT: In addition to the regular 90 minute excursions, check out our evening and special / theme trains.

WHEN: Often on Saturday evenings in the summer.  Also, seasonal Haunted Ghost Trains and Christmas Trains

MORE INFORMATION: These special trains are also listed on the calendar below.

Click here for all the details on our special trains

Join us for a trip back in time when the iron horse ruled the rails.  The Nevada Northern Railway is a living, breathing, operating historic railroad.  Historic steam engines are still in use here year 'round, so come, enjoy history with us!

What to expect:

You will depart from our East Ely, NV depot, as all of our passenger trains have done now for a over a century.  Most all of our trips head southwest,  through two tunnels and up real mountain grades through Robinson Canyon up toward the Ruth Copper Mining District.   Several trains each month, those specifically marked Valley Vista, run north, out the Steptoe Valley, on the hi-line toward McGill.

Each trip takes about 90 minutes.  Our trains feature on-board restroom, wheelchair accessibility, and snacks and beverages available for purchase. 

You will have your choice of coach or open-air seating, or feel free to roam between the two.   A hat and sunscreen are advisable for the open-air car.   Bring a jacket along for the evening trips.  We are over a mile high in elevation, so weather is generally mild, but sometimes unpredictable. 

Every so often out in these parts of the West, trains get held up by a band of outlaws.  We have done our darndest to try and figure out when this might happen, and have indicated it in the schedule below.  If you see the word "ROBBERY" on the title of an event you hover over, then this is one of those trains that just might get held up.   Some of the robbers have an uncanny resemblance to outstanding citizens of the community here, so don't be too alarmed.  Those GhostRiders, as they call themselves, are volunteers that do lots of good 'round these here parts.    


Complementary walking "Back Stage" tour:  At the end of most morning/early afternoon trips or 2 hours before most late afternoon trips you can a walking tour of the enginehouse and Main Yard.  It is a great way to see how a real short-line American railroad maintained itself in the mid-1900's. Sturdy shoes are suggested for the tour.

There are two upgrade options available for your trip. Instead of riding in the regular coaches, consider:

These option often sell-out in advance, and are not available on every trip, so we suggest you book them early using the calendar below, on this page.  The extra fare for these options is a great way to show your support for the museum and the restoration/preservation work that goes on here.   Of course, members earn their discount on these options as well.

Can't Get Enough Trains? We completely understand.  You can buy a Four-Day Pass upgrade and Save.  Add the Four-Day pass upgrade option when you check out.  It is good on any of the Regular Excursion Trains. NOTE: If you want to book one of the Special / Theme / Holiday trains, book that train first, then add the Four-Day pass so you can also ride the Regular Excursion Trains.  The Four-Day pass is only valid for use on the regular excursion trains, and not on the Special / Theme / Holiday trains.

Prices and Discounts - Regular Excursion Trains

2022 Ticket Prices
Ticket PricesAdultSenior (65+)Child(4-12)Infant (not yet 4)
Train Ride (includes Tour)$35 $29 $10 Free
Guided Tour of Yard and Enginehouse$15 $15 $8 Free
Museum Admission Only$10 $10 $5 Free
Ride with the Engineer (cab ride)$150 n/a n/a
Caboose-Private party-up to 8 passengers$200
Four Day Pass Upgrade$20 $10

Members receive discounts. Memberships start at $30

Hover over any available date to book your Ride Back in Time now.

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Comments (12)

Gayle K Hartsook (San Rafael, California, US) says...

If I purchased a four day pass along with the 9:30 am train ride on 8/22, do I need to make a reservation for the 9:30 am Diesel train ride on 8/23? Or do I mention this when I come in on 8/22 to take the 9:30 am ride? Thank you.


Gayle, just let the ticket desk know when you pick up your tickets on 8/23 that you also want to ride the 9:30.

Joyce Campbell (Las Vegas, Nevada, US) says...

Wonderful to see you highlighted on CBS Morning news today!


Joyce, thanks for the shout-out.   We would appreciate it if you could tell your friends who might not have been watching.  Thanks!!

Edward Niebuhr (Fair Lawn, New Jersey, US) says...

I didn't know the NNRY was featured on "Big Bang" until today when I read the newsletter. Coincidently, that episode will be running on TBS Nov 19th. Looking forward to seeing it!


Ed, thanks for the heads up on that.  It is true, in the episode of Big Bang Theory Sheldon visits the railroad.  

Herb Wentworth (Prescott, Ontario, Canada) says...

So much History here and in the area. A definite must see kind of place, if the opportunity arises.

Richard W Dugmore Jr (Carson City) says...
We camped at Cave Lake State park. We drive the loneliest road hwy 50. across the state and had stamped the passport to Baker Nevada entrance to Great Basin National Park. The train ride was excellent. number 40 steam locomotive.! a must do !
Robert (Las Vegas NV) says...
We drove up from southern Nevada to visit Ely, NV because of the train museum and it was worth the trip. You don't have to love trains to enjoy the museum but if you do, it's a great experience. We met people from all over the country and enjoyed talking to them about the museum and what they enjoyed most. Without that, we would have missed a few things. After the train ride, take the walking tour of the maintenance shops. The shops are the way they were left when the railroad shut down. Enjoy your trip back in time.
Marianne (Farmington Hills MI) says...
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the steam train ride on Memorial Day. The narrator was thorough and interesting and the train robbery fun.
Wayne L Hall (Kitchener) says...
Rode it last year for first time, great trip, loved ringing the bell, enjoyed the cab ride, outstanding, coming to California for UPHS convention in 2016 & planning to ride some more. Volunteer on tourist train here as conductor/train manager, also have steam but loved the NN, see you in 2016.
Kurt (Saskatchewan Canada) says...
I was in Ely for a few days and rode on the excursion trains a few times. They are excellent to ride on; would highly recommend. I appreciate the enormous effort that Mark Bassett and his entire crew do to make riding these trains and touring this 100% historic site still possible.
Admin: Thanks for your note.  We will pass your kind words on to Mark.
Alberto José Hurtado (Florida) says...
Got to go there and ride one of those steam they bring me back unforgettable memories of my youth along my parents in Colombia.....
Ted says...
I had a chance to ride the rails this past Saturday. Would just like to pass on a well done to all of the staff in the office and on the train itself. Had a nice journey and to top it off the trip with Mark into the buildings was outstanding. Kudo's to him as his presentation was outstanding and "fresh" which is hard to do after the thousands of trips he's probably been there. Thanks for a nice afternoonno comments
Videoray (Portland Oregon) says...
I was in town and lucked into the locals train tour. I am not a local so I bought the ticket, what a ball! Great tour, fun run, nice folks. One of the best \"lucky day\" experiences ever. I remember steam trains as a kid. Restoration is so limited in scope-this is rebirth-steam engines are alive! 100% recommend the tour/ride/Ely. While you are the area check the bee hive ovens to the south. Another major bit of history. Again, thanks to everyone for the wonderful experience.