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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

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Address: 1100 Avenue A, Ely, NV 89301
Phone Number: +1 775-289-2085
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Group tours/train
Description: The Nevada Northern Railway is a non-profit historical foundation whose...
The Nevada Northern Railway is a non-profit historical foundation whose mission is to maintain and operate what has been acclaimed as the best preserved railroad facility in the United States. Come, enjoy history with us! We offer 90 minute train rides up toward the historic Ruth Copper Mine, as well as a view into the history of what put this mining town on the map. Don't miss the included tour of the Engine House and yard after the train ride. You can see the facility that has been servicing these steam locomotives for over a century now. For the serious rail fan, we offer the opportunity to be at the throttle (and brakes!) Of a real, standard-gauge, steam locomotive on your own private run "up the hill."
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Great history

We visited this about 10 years ago when they were struggling to get this going. Glad to see there has been great progress saving this piece of history. They have training programs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Detroit, Michigan
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We visited this about 10 years ago when they were struggling to get this going. Glad to see there has been great progress saving this piece of history. They have training programs for other old train companies and have acquired a lot of vintage engines that they need to raise a lot of money to renovate. Hope they find it.

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nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I believe the employees enjoy the ride just as much as the guests. Great to do if the weather is bad

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Winter Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Interning at the Nevada Northern Railway was by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being a young adult who is about to graduate from college and wants to achieve a very promising career in the railroad industry, this was absolutely wonderful. It is truly breath taking (sometimes literally) when get the opportunity to work with over... More 

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Not enough can be said about the NNRY Museum...We were fortunate to be able to catch the train when the steam engine was running, and old #93 is a beautiful example of when steam was king....It has been restored and maintained magnificently which is a tribute to the paid and volunteer workers. The ride itself was not spectacular, but was... More 

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Been wanting to come for a long time. This place is great. We spent the whole day looking at the stuff in the mechanics shed...which is huge...talking to very friendly volunteers. We also want upstairs to a great museum. So much great history is preserved. The train ride we took was a coal fired steam train...loved the smoke and sounds.... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Exploe the site on your own, take a guided tour and\or ride the train. The museum has original furnishings and ledgers from the early 1900's.Visit the Engine house to see steam and diesel engines, coal cars, snow plows and wreckers. There are great photo ops and a nice gift shop. Volunteers are knowledgable and helpful.It is now a National Historic... More 

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Pocatello
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Nothing new for us. A souvenir shop, and an expensive train ride, which I think was supposed to have a staged "train robbery" along the ride. That's not a novel attraction. We've been to others like it. Been there, done that. We didn't take the train ride.

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Nevada_Northern_Ry, General Manager at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this review

From your review, it looks like you missed seeing the museum. The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is an outdoor, living history museum that consist of 56 acres with over 70 buildings and structures; including the original track and antique railroad cars. The gift shop is just the entry point to the museum complex and is our ticketing area for our... More 

Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

A super step back into the past. I didn't ride the railroad but visited the extensive museum over two days. It a living and working museum. The trains actually are working and the people the staff the museum are knowledgeable.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

If your interest is in trains, this is a must see stop. Go on a ride, visit the shops where they repair the trains. Very good use of your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a must, worth the diversion off the main. The train ride is real treat! Authentic old west equipment and scenery. Our 8 yr old grandson really sucked it up; from the visit to the locomotive cab to the ride in the caboose. I don't think he will ever forget it. The crew and support staff were a great... More 

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