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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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Working Railroad and Shop Tours

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Islandbruin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Erma92
Delray Beach, Florida
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528 reviews
308 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank CherokeeMan
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My sister-in-law and I enjoyed the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. The gift shop was very attractive and had a lot of interesting merchandise. We did take the evening Halloween train ride. A lot of work went into this ghostly ride and we appreciated how many people in costume were participating. The problem with a "night" ride is that we could... More 

3 Thank 2014jcjc
Lehi, Utah
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Very friendly people. The biggest claim is the RR office, which probably looks much the same as it did when it was still in use. There are some artifacts that were of interest. They do have a big barn where they work on the cars, but there wasn't a lot going on when we were there. Lots of old cars,... More 

Thank Sandi W
Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The folks who run this museum and take the excursion trains out on the rails obviously live their passion and regard their work -- largely volunteer -- as a labor of love. That's why they're prepared to tell you everything about trains … everything. The walking tour of the machine shops is interesting but long, and kids would probably get... More 

Thank LocalJackson
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We did not take the train (it was too late). Museum and grounds were great and very well maintained. Nevada is all about the Railroad and without it would Ely even be on the map. Same as Las Vegas. History. I love it.

Thank Gary B
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Anytime a tour is involved, the quality of the tour, hands down, is directly related to the tour guide. For our tour of the rail yard we had the general manager/director of the museum. What a deal! he was awesome, very entertaining, great sense of humor, and told fascinating stories of the past and the present comings and goings of... More 

Thank Lynn A
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We didn't take the train ride (very expensive for a short trip in open air car), but did enjoy learning about this old silver/copper/gold mining town (Ely) and the part trains played in its history. My grandfather worked on the railroads so especially interesting for me. A small museum upstairs (fairly steep, no elevator) chronicles what it was like in... More 

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