Nevada Northern Railway Museum

Nevada Northern Railway Museum

Nevada Northern Railway Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 railfan, 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." Covid-19: Masks are required to ride the train and while inside buildings.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • April P
    Ukiah, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset, Stars and Champagne
    We 💜 enjoyed the train ride, Sunset, Stars and Champagne. We sat on the outside car benches. It was windy and rainy for the first part of the trip (nice because many people moved inside). Then, we were treated to a beautiful rainbow 🌈 and a colorful sunset 🌇! On our way back to the station we saw an antelope at dusk. Then, we witnessed the incredibly dark, star studded skies! It was a great experience! We went for our 36th wedding anniversary and throughly enjoyed our time together!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Lynette51
    Santa Barbara, California1,822 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Aboard the Train Ride!
    This was a last minute stop and glad we did. We took the 4:30 pm 90 minute train ride and sat on the outside bench seating area. What a great ride! There is a gift shop on site and you can do a walking tour. There is plenty of parking and easy to find off the main street.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • cindyscj
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For the serious train lover.
    The shop with all of the wonderful equipment for maintenance of the beautiful old trains is spectacular. The huge blacksmith forges and wheel bending machinery is spectacular. The giant vices and venting system for working on the beasts is awesome. They are actively restoring trains now. Anyone loving old trains should go. You have the run of the huge complex. Train rides are offered; and for a price you can actually engineer one! Priceless
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • edmondite
    1,189 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting historic place and I'm not into trains!
    We weren't able to get tickets for the night train to GBNP but we did explore the depot with the many buildings on site with train storage and restoration. Cool that they let you walk through the shop even while they are working on the trains! Stopped by the gift shop and train museum to learn more about these amazing machines that are so much a part of our American history!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Robert N
    Sparks, Nevada375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Ely
    The railway museum is a must for every rail fan. The excursion train rides are great but book tickets in advance as many are sold out. Check the website for special excursions. The train museum is a working museum. The machine shop and locomotive shop are the highlight of the visit. The self guided tour provides the opportunity to get up close with the locomotives and rolling stock. Wear closed shoes and watch where you are walking. We took the Champagne, Sunset and Star Gazing excursion and enjoyed just over two hours on the train.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • FAFNAR
    Chicago, Illinois48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do
    I took the evening sunset, stars and champagne tour. It was a superb trip. The train takes you out in the surrounding area to get a fantastic view of the night sky. The young man who pointed out the constellations was very knowledgeable. The views of the Milky Way were worth the entire trip. And you didn't have to drive way out of town to experience the starshow. I would go back in an instant.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 19, 2023
  • VNORVI
    San Francisco, California365 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool thing to do
    Probably the coolest thing to do in Ely. The museum, in part, is literally exactly like the day the station shut down. I did not get to ride it, but the steam train would be wonderful if you have a little time. Probably a good activity for both adults and kids
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • DoryGuy
    San Diego, California117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best railroad museum ever!
    We went here on a hot day in July and had a blast. This is a working museum that they let you walk in the work shop where the trains are, the oil pits are, where the sharp and heavy tools are. Parents, kids will love this place BUT they better be smart enough to not fall in the pit, pick up stuff or climb up onto the trains and be able to listen to you. If your kids are not going to behave don't go into the shop. That said any kid will love getting up close to these trains. We skipped the train ride as it was 105F out mid day. No air conditioning. But still worth it. We spent 2 hrs wandering around taking photos.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • dedwards1969
    Reno, Nevada48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a step back in time
    We had a great time! We were in town with a car club and had a larger group. While it didn't appear to be sold out - I recommend purchasing tickets online before your arrival. It just saved time and I knew I had my ticket. The young lady who was our announcer/tour guide on board was very knowledgeable and the ride was a trip into the past. I had been advised to sit inside the car vs. on the open railcar and I was glad I did as this is a steam engine that burns coal and the particulates in the smoke would have gotten me all dirty. It was a warm day, but enough windows opened on our car, there was a nice breeze. We had the option to take a tour of the repair shop and I am glad I did - possibly more fascinating than the ride itself. Just seeing the massive size of the tools needed to service these engines and cars was amazing. My favorite was the snow removal car - enormous! We didn't see DJ on this trip, but the tributes to Dirt were sweet. I recommend 100%!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 10, 2024
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
It was a very cold morning in Ely in April when we went to see the Northern Railway Museum. They ask you to get there quite ahead of time of the train ride and we spent our time looking around the station and area. When we heard the “All Aboard” we boarded the train and grabbed some seats for the slow ride to the copper mine with its towering hills of slag. We hear the story of copper mining and see points of interest most of which are broken down coal tipples or dynamited tunnels. We learn about how to use a wye to turn a train around. At the end of the train ride there is the option to go around with a knowledgeable docent to learn about other train related things. It was an interesting and pleasant way to spend the norming in Ely.
Written June 26, 2021
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Rudy B
Albuquerque, NM193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Most of the buildings are closed except the museum and maintenance facility. These are worth visiting. We took the Hy-Rail excursion. This is a restored, 1955 Pontiac sedan modified for both rail and road use. One was once used for track inspection. This is the only one in the US available for passengers. Our driver was the person who obtained the vehicle and oversaw its restoration. My wife and I were among the first passengers. Cars along a nearby highway stopped and photographed the Hy-Rail as it passed. This was a unique experience. Note that three passengers can ride the Hy-Rail for $100.
Written August 19, 2020
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TedSLC
Taft, CA466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We took the steam engine ride this past weekend. It was a scenic, 1 ½ hour trip through the hills, narrated by a friendly and informative ride. The engine and cars were about a century old, lovingly restored and maintained. All of the volunteers were dressed in period clothes and performed their parts convincingly. The museum itself is small, but like everything else, the exhibits have been carefully restored and are fascinating. We had to go 120 miles out of our way for the visit, but it was well worth our time and we are already planning to go back.
Written June 22, 2020
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David W
Brownwood, TX441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Loved the ride....the main purpose of our trip from Texas was to take my second ride on the NNRY. This time rode the Valley Vista headed north up the valley. Was worth the drive for me. A lot of history here. Take time to do the maintenance shop tour after the ride. Also tour the depot museum upstairs. Consider joining the museum prior to buying your tickets....it helps them and you get a discount.
Written July 27, 2020
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David, thanks for the review. You are right, members save on everything, and membership starts at $30. Glad that you are a member. We hope to see you back again soon.
Written August 18, 2020
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number2fan
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Went there for my Birthday this year.. what a trip.. if you are a steam engine buff, railroad buff. Definitely go!! Got to ride an historic steam engine# 93.. our excursion took us up to the mines that helped build this area back in the day. Choose to sit in the open platform car to hesr the engine working, as well as the whistle .narrator told about the area and pointed out items along the tracks..lots of history. Toured the depot/ museum grounds, which is a operating yard, went to to engine house to see other engines and steam engines they have. All the people were super friendly and would answer any questions we asked. Also took a night train into the darkest area to watch the stars appear, which was also narrated by the conductor, pointing out planets that were visible.. wonderful experience..love the whole trip, glad we found it on the internet
Written October 20, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Admittedly we arrived shortly before closing on a Sunday, closing time is 4:00 on Sundays so we did not get to take the train ride. We did get to see the engines as well as the offices in the old train station. The offices were fairly informative about the railroad in its cooper heyday. However, the rest seemed very disjointed. Again it was neat to see the engines and station; however, there are many experiences in the Ely area like Cave Lake and Ward Charcoal Ovens that were better from our experience.
Written June 25, 2021
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Johnny J
Baltimore, MD1,005 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
On Saturday evening we rode the Rockin’ and Rollin’ Geology steam train up Robinson Canyon. It was very informative with geologist Roger Bowers engaging the audience. He told us where to hunt for garnets on Garnet Hill which we did the next day and found some. Then, next day I rode the steam locomotive “Ride with the Engineer” again up Robinson Canyon. Excellent is all I can say. Engineer Con, Firemen Mike and Nick showed me so much about Locomotive #93 and I got to shovel coal, ring the bell, and blow the whistle. Also rode around the trainyard and wye as the engine was prepped and put away in the enginehouse. Bucket list first rate experience. Museum and grounds were good, too.
Written June 21, 2020
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Mark Clay M
Bakersfield, CA86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
As a retired railroader of 40 years as well as a lifelong history geek with a long list of museums visited, this is easily the coolest I have yet seen! This is a WORKING museum. The engine house and machine and blacksmith shops are still in use keeping the steam and diesel locomotives operating. You can tour the entire yard and engine house by yourself, or after the train ride, a guided tour of the engine house is offered. I suggest doing it both ways. The steam locomotive roster is impressive, but steam is only operated on weekends and we were there in the middle of the week.
The train ride is nothing exciting or particularly scenic, but it's still cool with a personally narrated (no recording) trip 13 miles out toward the town of McGill and back. You'll also get to see DJ and Dirt. The two shop cats, both born and raised here and treated like royalty. Some folks think they should be rescued, but they seem perfectly happy and like the attention.
The general office building is still working as well, providing train orders to all trains and is accessible to the public. The depot is both gift shop and museum and is a very cool representation of early 20th century architecture. If you like trains and history, this is a bucket list museum!
Written June 26, 2022
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dedwards1969
Reno, NV48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We had a great time! We were in town with a car club and had a larger group. While it didn't appear to be sold out - I recommend purchasing tickets online before your arrival. It just saved time and I knew I had my ticket. The young lady who was our announcer/tour guide on board was very knowledgeable and the ride was a trip into the past. I had been advised to sit inside the car vs. on the open railcar and I was glad I did as this is a steam engine that burns coal and the particulates in the smoke would have gotten me all dirty. It was a warm day, but enough windows opened on our car, there was a nice breeze. We had the option to take a tour of the repair shop and I am glad I did - possibly more fascinating than the ride itself. Just seeing the massive size of the tools needed to service these engines and cars was amazing. My favorite was the snow removal car - enormous! We didn't see DJ on this trip, but the tributes to Dirt were sweet. I recommend 100%!
Written June 10, 2024
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Art C
Baltimore, MD32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We brought the Steam Engine Excursion, which included a guided tour of the engine house. You can go into the engine house by yourself and look at the posted information. The tour guide provided some historical information, details on what is currently being repaired/refurbished, and what future plans are in the works.

The railyard is active. We saw both steam and diesel engines moving cars around. There is a small museum, which is worth visiting.

The ride was approximately 2 hours. It is narrated. Various sites in the Ely are pointed out. Points of interest along the tracks are described. The history of the area was also related.

The piles of tailings from the mines are astonishingly high.

Food and snacks are available for purchase.
Written October 18, 2021
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