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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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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

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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NEVADA Northern Railroad

This is an awesome place of living history. We have visited here since the 1990's. It's always fun to come and see these magnificent machines from the past. The steam locomotive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome place of living history. We have visited here since the 1990's. It's always fun to come and see these magnificent machines from the past. The steam locomotive was pivotal in American history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

As a family with kids and grandkids, fourteen in all, we enjoyed immensely our experience on the Polar Express. The Christmas decorators inside the Pullmans, the hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, the jingle bells, a visit from Santa, a stop overlooking the North Pole and Santa's village, reading The Polar Express with an elf, and singing Christmas songs, all... More 

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

Randal, thank you very much for the kind words! Your experience was the combined efforts of many different people - staff and volunteers. They all worked long hours to spread Christmas cheer. I want you to know that I will share your review them and I know they will appreciate hearing your review. Mark Bassett Executive Director More 

Carlin, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

My son thanked Santa for presents, had hot chocolate, cookie, sang songs, and had a book read to him

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Did the 7:00 PM run. Kids loved the whole atmosphere. We adults enjoyed it also. :) It was cold but the coaches were warm. Worth the cost.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

We went to this amazing trip for the month of December. Everything was very organized. The place is magical and we recommend it to all families! For the prize you pay this is an experience of a life time. The town is so welcoming and we wish we could stayed longer.

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Boulder City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

We went on the polar express this past wknd... It was worth the price, but beware the "north pole" is still in the middle of the city. So the kids can see all the hotels that you have probably previously walked by (as we did). We went back to the train museum the next day, as it was closed when... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This was a worthwhile stop, but next time we would stick to the tour of the facility. The train runs up to the Kennecott mine, turns around, and comes back. The novelty of being in old cars driven by a steam locomotive wears off pretty quickly. But the train repair and maintenance facility was excellent. Working equipment, instead of museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The thing that makes this railroad different is visitor access to the roundhouse and railyard to observe and photograph a working shop. Tickets are available for train rides, shop tours or both. Great visit for anyone interested in railroads or industrial history.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This railroad depot/museum stood in as the fictional Silver City, NM railroad depot in the 2001 film, 'Rat Race.' Today, it is a wonderfully restored train depot and museum. There are numerous trains on view as well as rides aboard the trains. You can even be a 'conductor for a day,' operating one of these monstrous locomotives! Unfortunately, when I... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The entrance fee is only $6, but well worth the money. The total properties are large, the locomotive and rail car collection is smaller compared to large museums [York, England; Montreal, Canada], but the quality is excellent. The quality of the redone pieces is exceptionally good. Where else can you see the car that carried the Golden and Silver Spikes... More 

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