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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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Train Lovers!

This was a fascinating place to see. There is a small museum to look in, but a more interesting place was the machine shop/engine house. To be able to get up close to the old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This was a fascinating place to see. There is a small museum to look in, but a more interesting place was the machine shop/engine house. To be able to get up close to the old trains, see the tools used, and take photos was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the train ride.....we paid to ride in the cab with the engineer... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

That was the most interesting place to see. The old steam engines and cars. We were to late to go for a ride but just to see these massive engines was great. And to get to take photos close and the tools use to work on these machines. Well worth the stop.

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West Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The 90 minute train ride was well narrated by a live person--not a canned recording. He pointed out all the sights up and back and gave us enough warning so we could get pictures. There is a snack bar on board along with restrooms. After the train ride we had a fantastic and very informative tour of the facilities including... More 

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Yucca Valley, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Although the train was not running during the week, the museum and equipment buildings visit were great. You get to look at the trains up close and the buildings where the repair them. An OSHA nightmare, all the belt driven equipment. The state historian in the museum was helpful on giving information about the train and its history.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

this was a fun museum ,fun to just wonder around the train yard,so many things to see,a photographers dream ! check out the machine shop while you are there !

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Ohio
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Volunteers were great here and we were allowed to look at the trains and at the buildings where they repair the trains. Met someone who is a CEO of a software company who was enthusiastic about coming out for long weekends to volunteer. Only complaint I had was THEY HAD NO STANDARD POST CARDS FOR SALE in their gift... More 

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New Plymouth, Idaho, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Actually was able to walk through the garage where they were working on the locomotives. Way cool! You also get to walk around where various ages, and kinds of trains are stored.

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Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

great rail tour of local area; special trips on Halloween and Christmas (Polar Express). You can even stay overnight at the station.

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Casper, Wyoming, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

What great fun to spend 3 days on all types of steam gear. Great photo opportunities and people that love what they do. Mark and his crew couldn't be any more hospitable. It was a little cold do dress accordingly however. A good time!

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Scottsdale, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

for the time we were there, this museum was closed. But we meandered around the train station which is very picturesque. Trains still run with tourists.

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