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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301-2486
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Worth the drive!!

Great train display, very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff and very interesting displays... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marcie H
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Tacoma, Washington
3rd Time Here and Got to Ride the Train

Stopped there 3 times over the years. 1st time they were closed. 2nd time waived at the train and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Perkadventures
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Banning, Ca
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“engine house” (29 reviews)
“machine shop” (22 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301-2486
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great train display, very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff and very interesting displays in all the shops buildings. Cutest cat named Dirt lives in the machine shop.

Thank Marcie H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped there 3 times over the years. 1st time they were closed. 2nd time waived at the train and it was the last one. 3rd time - this time road the first train of the season and was a happy camper. Take the extended tour...More

Thank Perkadventures
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have never ridden on a steam locomotive this is a must do. Short ride on the bypass around Ely up to a local mine by steam locomotive. No diesel electric pushers. Inside and outside seats available. Good narrative by the crew with stories...More

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my 83 dad to Ely, Nevada so he could "drive" a steam and diesel train engine. The smile is still on my dad's face and he had fun driving both engines. Each experience lasted ~2 hours and this is an actual "hands on event"...More

Thank golfer6464
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Nova90, Docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad that you and your dad had a great time with the Be The Engineer experience here. Hearing feedback like yours gives us the energy to continue battling time and the elements to keep the railroad together so it can be enjoyed by...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived on a cold day in May and took the steam train ride and then toured the engine house and museum. The tour was excellent and the ride was very enjoyable. We even met Dirt the Cat, an experience in itself. The entire event was...More

Thank Marc B
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Nova90, Docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Marc, thanks for your visit. At a mile high in elevation, it does get cold up here. We are glad that you persevered, and will pass on your greetings to Dirt the Cat.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rever unique museum. You can even drive a steam locomotive if you plan ahead and are willing to Pay the price. I liked the fact that you could wander around through the shops where they were rebuilding a locomotive. Highly recommended.

Thank Norm M
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

a great travel destination! Riding the steam train and having access to the facility was a wonderful experience for steam train enthusiasts.

Thank Phillip F
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Nova90, Docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

We are so glad that you came and enjoyed your visit here. Thanks!

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

arriving in town on a day the train was not running, we went through the museum and came back the next morning to ride the train. We thought the museum was the little building right (facing the tracks) of the visitor's center (actually it is...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

We really enjoyed this museum and especially the steam engine train ride! It was an unforgettable experience! It is also priced really reasonably. Don’t miss it!

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Nova90, Docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thank you so much for coming over and visiting the railroad. We are glad that you enjoyed the experience. This is one of those best kept secrets, so hopefully you will be able to send over your friends.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

The whole experience took around three hours between the awesome ride and the machine shop tour. The staff and volunteers are helpful and very knowledgeable. Their excitement and commitment is contagious. Remember it is a steam engine so embers fly when you are in the...More

Thank Rachel_TJ2017
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Nova90, Docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

We are glad that you enjoyed it, and that you lingered after the train trip to go on the shop tour and meet "Dirt", the cat. He really is in charge around here, and plays the part very well.

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George F
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Response from Utahgal-Cheryl | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites. It was clean, nice and close to the rail yard. Definitely would recommend. There are more exciting places to stay, like Hotel Nevada looks historical, but when it comes down to it I... More
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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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