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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

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1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301-2486
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Interesting Walk Through Rail History and a Fun Opportunity to Drive a Train

The Museum of the Nevada Northern Railway holds a virtual time capsule of historical artifacts of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Daggmar
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Phoenix, Arizona
This is a TREASURE! Must see

We did the WHOLE experience. Stayed the night in the caboose! (much like camping) but fun. Then... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Utahgal-Cheryl
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St. George, Utah
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301-2486
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Museum of the Nevada Northern Railway holds a virtual time capsule of historical artifacts of rail travel and commerce at the early part of the last century. Much of their memorabilia is left as it was a century ago. There are a lot of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the WHOLE experience. Stayed the night in the caboose! (much like camping) but fun. Then the next day we did the "be the Engineer" experience. W O W !!! What a great experience! What a beautiful piece of history they are preserving. And...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice museum fun train ride very historical area nice restored equipment very friendly people and scenic area

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t research enough before hand to know when the train started running regularly and just missed it but the visit was still a hit! We also were fortunate to have a guided tour by the museum director! He brought the history of Ely, the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

this was my first visit to Ely, and i had the chance to visit this museum.I really enjoyed seeing and also riding on one of the old trains.it was awesome, the staff were very friendly.Definitely recommend visiting if ever in Ely.

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

I was fortunate in getting a wonderful tour from the museum's executive director. To learn about the vibrancy of this rail yard and to see the trains that have been renovated and those in progress is just amazing. They offer many interesting tours, like the...More

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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

We visited Lehman Cave and stayed in Ely. We arrived to late to take train and was leaving next morning. The buildings are great to look at and the big trains in the engine very impressive. We went through the museum and it was like...More

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

We came to Ely for the "Polar Express", a special train that runs for families during the holiday season. My twin 10 year old sons loved it and it was a great experience. The Polar Express train alone was worth the drive from Southern California....More

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Nova90, Volunteer Webmastee at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2017

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Polar Express, and you visit here. Thanks for the kind words. By the way, we have several volunteers from Southern California who drive up several times a year for long weekends helping with the restorations and...More

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Reviewed December 4, 2017

We visited the museum and wandered through many of the buildings. Most interesting if you are a train/history buff but there are also some great black/white contemporary photos upstairs in one of the buildings. But, in our minds, the real gem is the machine/maintenance building...More

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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

The worst customer service experience! They must be facing tough times, we called immediately after purchasing the wrong ticket and they said sorry no refunds or changes!More

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Nevada_Northern_Ry, General Manager at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

David, I apologize for experience that you had and I want to correct it. We try our best to make it very clear on our website that people are purchasing tickets at the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely Nevada. This is mentioned multiple times through...More

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riverwild
September 11, 2017|
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Response from Anne N | Reviewed this property |
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kimi12toes
July 3, 2017|
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Response from Larry A | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the name of the train runs. However, in the past, they've gone through the tunnel on the way to Ruth to their turning wye called Keystone.
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Marian s
June 20, 2017|
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Response from Judith C | Reviewed this property |
Our train trip was during daylight hours. So, I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you. I do hope you enjoy your visit there as much as we did ours.
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