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Ride Back in Time

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!

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.

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

Tickets Starting at $15

Want to choo choo choose a better spot on the train?

To enhance your Excursion Train Ride Experience, you can choose any of the additional options like Ride in the Caboose or Ride in the Cab with the Engineer

Annual Train Rides

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Fire and Ice

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.

“Rode the firework train for Fire and Ice and it was really awesome to be in the open car watching the fireworks blow off and feel the acoustics in the valley... 2 hr historical trip, good for the whole family…”

- Dee Abell, Google Review

Adult Tickets Starting at $39

Fourth of July

Join us for perhaps Ely's very best Fourth 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.

“We went on the 4th of july train which included bbq and the train ride with Ely fire works at the end from the view of the train. The staff was great and very informative.”

- Jakiki, TripAdvisor

Adult Tickets Starting at $65

Taste of Italy 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 Train Ride is sponsored by:

  • The Gianoli Family
  • First National Bank of Ely
  • Hector Briceno & Isela Suarez of Ely's own Mr. Gino's

“We rode the dinner train through the Steptoe Valley with Mark the Conductor as a narrator. It was very interesting and worth the time and the price. Mark was very knowledgable and makes you feel like you're traveling back through time.”

- Cindy H, TripAdvisor

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Pumpkin Patch Train

Enjoy a steam powered train ride to the pumpkin patch. At the end of the track the train will stop, the conductor will let the passengers off to be greeted by the pumpkin patch and a photo op area is available for a small fall-themed celebration photograph. Passengers will get to choose a pumpkin from the patch to take home with them. The Pumpkin Train runs Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults, $38 for seniors and $20 for children ages 4-12, while children under four ride for free.

pumpkin patch train ride photo

“The pumpkin patch train was super fun! We brought in our kids and they had a blast as well, will visit and ride the Pumpkin train again for sure!”

- Google Review

Seasonal Train Rides

geology train photo

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Rockin' & Rollin' 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.

“On Saturday evening we rode the Rockin’ and Rollin’ Geology steam train up Robinson Canyon. It was very informative with geologist Roger Bowers engaging the audience. He told us where to hunt for garnets on Garnet Hill which we did the next day and found some. “

- Johnny J, TripAdvisor

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Roaring 20's Limited

Pull out your Zoot suit and beaded fringe dresses for a swinging good time aboard the Roaring 20s Limited. Enjoy a 90-minute steam powered train ride aboard vintage 1920s passenger cars. Quench your thirst at the speakeasy onboard (alcoholic beverages available for passengers 21 and older, non-alcoholic beverages also available) while listening to big band hits. Along the route, watch out for the notorious local gangsters who have been known to hold up the train, not to worry, Pinkerton agents will be sure to restore law and order in no time!

“You'll feel like it's 1920 when you step on the property. Visit the engine house and see the locomotives up close. Talk to the volunteers who keep them running. Take a trip up the hill behind steam or out into the desert behind a vintage diesel. A real gem. Do Not Miss!”

- Henry Flager, TripAdvisor

Special Themed Trains

star train ride

Adult Tickets Starting at $65

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.

“All the people were super friendly and would answer any questions we asked. Also took a night train into the darkest area to watch the stars appear, which was also narrated by the conductor, pointing out planets that were visible.”

- Number2fan, TripAdvisor

Adult Tickets Starting at $58

Sunset, Stars, and Champagne

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.

“I took the evening sunset, stars and champagne tour. It was a superb trip. The train takes you out in the surrounding area to get a fantastic view of the night sky. The young man who pointed out the constellations was very knowledgeable. The views of the Milky Way were worth the entire trip. And you didn't have to drive way out of town to experience the starshow. I would go back in an instant.”

- Fafnar, TripAdvisor

silver state express train ride

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Silver State Express

Join us for an informative ride back in time. As we travel behind one of our historic steam locomotives out Robinson Canyon and up toward the Ruth Mining District, we will learn about some of the early history of While Pine County and the State of Nevada, starting with the Pony Express route that traversed Nevada, linking the country together in 1860.

“Full of history and very interesting, this museum and train ride will explain a lot about the historic years of gold and silver in the state.”

- Kat654, TripAdvisor

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

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.

haunted ghost train ride

“I brought my little nephew here for the ghost train ride on Oct 15, 2016. We had so much fun! Earlier that day, we spent some time exploring the train station and tracks, visited the museum and learn about the history of this station. So wonderful that they allow visitors to roam freely. I will be back for more train rides.”

- Kat S, TripAdvisor

santa's reindeer train ride

Adult Tickets Starting at $41

Santa's Reindeer Flyer

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.

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“We traveled 4 hours in not so nice weather to ride the Santa’s Reindeer Flyer with our grandchildren ages not quite 2 and 4 years old and I am so glad we did. The grandchildren just loved it and squealed with delight! I think the songs, the staff, and of course the cookies and hot chocolate were a good warm up to actually seeing and greeting Santa.”

- Marly77777, TripAdvisor

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Wild West Limited

Join us for a wild evening with the iron horse and cowboys in the Wild West!

Watch out for desperados! Be sure your valuables are in a safe place!

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bingo bash train ride photo

Adult Tickets Starting at $45

Bingo Bash Train

Join us for a game of bingo while riding behind a vintage steam locomotive! When the train leaves you will receive two bingo cards, with the option to purchase more. As you travel along the tracks, the caller will announce bingo numbers over the sound system. Winners who hit a bingo, will receive prizes!

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Cab Rider Policy

Riding with the engineer in the cab of a locomotive requires sturdy closed-toed shoes, gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants, all made from all-natural material (cotton. wool, leather - no synthetics).

The cab of historic locomotives are hot and noisy. They were not designed with visitors in mind. There are no restrooms, extra seats, or handicap accommodations in the cab.

This is for able-bodied adults only.


Children over 12, but under 18 must have a guardian with them.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday | 8AM - 5PM
Sunday | 8AM - 4PM

Our Location

1100 Ave A, Ely, NV 89301

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