Nevada Northern Railway Museum, Ely

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Time stopped at the Nevada Northern Railway. It’s as if the workers went to lunch and never came back. They left behind a complete railroad, now a National Historic Landmark. Today the railroad is still operating after a century, loving cared for by the non-profit Nevada Northern Railway Foundation.

Instead of relics in glass cases or repainted old equipment on static display, here you witness touchable history. The complex is over 70 buildings and structures on 56 acres with 30 miles of track. It’s not your typical museum. Instead of going to one building, here you are encouraged to explore the complex.

It’s touchable history. It’s an operating historical railroad, instead of relics in glass cases or repainted old equipment on static display, here you witness a working steam railroad. It surrounds you. It’s gritty. It’s dirty. It smells of coal smoke, creosote and sweat. It has not been prettified, it is the real McCoy.

The Nevada Northern Railway is so much more than a train ride. Here you can experience what it is like to be the engineer of the Iron Horse. Our Be the Engineer Experience puts you in the cab of 100 tons of steam locomotive with your hand on the throttle. Or attend Railroad Reality Week, essentially a dude ranch for train fans. Experience up close and personal what it takes to keep a 19th century railroad operating in the 21st century. Or experience spending the night in a working railroad caboose in the middle of the train yard. There is no other place in the U. S. like the Nevada Northern Railway

Here you can take a peek behind the curtain of history. Visitors can go into the shops and watch as century old techniques are still used today. And you can climb aboard a steam powered passenger train and experience travel from the last century.

Visiting the Nevada Northern Railway is an adventure. We’re located on the Loneliest Road in America. The Nevada Northern Railway Museum, Depot and Gift Shop is located at 1100 Avenue A, Ely, Nevada, begin your visit in the Depot. There you will receive your tickets, a map of the grounds and the safety rules. You are encouraged to walk through the grounds. Your patronage helps preserve this National Historic Landmark and supports ongoing Museum restoration projects.

For more details visit or give us a call (775) 289-0103. ALL ABOARD!
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  • Whether you're a long-time lover of steam engines or just plain curious, the Nevada Northern is a little piece of heaven. You can not only visit the displays in the old station and an adjacent buildin...  more »
  • We love coming to Ely and riding the trains. We have been doing The Polar Express for many years and we decided to try the Star train. My girls are 12 & 10 and it makes this mom very happy to see them...  more »
  • Fabulous place to get a sense of history. Well kept up. Beautiful restoration of trains and an opportunity to ride an authentic steam train. People who take care of this place are fabulous . Highly recommend a visit
  • What an excellent place this is. If you go be sure to go to where they keep all the locomotives in the garage by far the best place in the entire exhibit in my opinion. so many cool things in there and it's so authentic and the smell just smells like what you would think a locomotive mechanic shop would smell like just iron. Make sure to stop and see the little kitty cat I think his name is Dusty or dirt can't remember.everyone was extremely friendly though even though we didn't get to take a train ride it was still very much worth the detour.

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