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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

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Address: 1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301-2486
Phone Number: +1 775-289-2085
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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Museum was informative and great help and information from a lady in the museum. Typical rail yard with machine shops tours and lots of old cars and buildings that were used to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jerry S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum was informative and great help and information from a lady in the museum. Typical rail yard with machine shops tours and lots of old cars and buildings that were used to run the railroad. Took the 1.5 hour steam train ride to Keystone and back. Not as nice scenery as the Durango to Silverton line in Colorado but nice.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where else you gonna see an entire Railyard, CD-ROM roundhouse to water tank to warehouse to station? Joe-Bob sez: check it out!

Thank peter s
Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived on a Sunday morning for the 9:30AM train ride. We boarded an older train with a coal powered engine. The train had a caboose which was the 2nd car and then an open platform car followed by two passenger cars which they said were built in 1929. You can move about from the two passenger cars to the open... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfull rolling stock lovingly restored to what they were like over a hundred years ago. Purchase a 90 minute ride in a car powered by a coal fired stream engine that will take you back in time. Visit the train barns, machine shops and blacksmith shops to see what is being worked on by volunteers. This is an amazing experience.

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ely isn't necessarily a town that would be a most notable destination of travel. Don't be deceived, one of the most impressive historical visits is right here! The Nevada Northern has an available 90 minute ride that includes the smoke and soot of a real coal burner that runs every day. As a bonus after the ride is an awesome... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When Kennecott Copper shut down the Ruth mine in 1983, the folks though (inaccurately) that is was just a passing thing and walked away, leaving everything in place. A few years later, Kennecott donated the entire railroad and it was formed as a museum with train rides. The (state run) museum in the second floor of the East Ely depot... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the Star Train July 15 at 7:00 p.m. The sky was overcast but they assured us it would be worth the trip anyway. What was supposed to be an hour an a half ended up being THREE hours. You board the train to head out of town to "see" the stars. The train is not pulled by the steam... More 

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Nevada_Northern_Ry, General Manager at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this review

Our goal is to always have our customers enjoy their trips, I apologize that the experience did not live up to your expectations. The Star Train is one of our most popular evening trains. It is a combined train ride and an astronomy experience. This train is a joint venture of the railroad and the Dark Rangers from Great Basin... More 

Helper, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Had a great time on our hour and a half round trip ride to the Ruth Mining district, pulled by steam locomotive #93. After we returned we took the chance to visit the engine house and machine shop. Where we got to see #93 come in for the night. She was put to bed next to the Queen of the... More 

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San Diego, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Our trip was a coal powered ride of about 1 and 1/2 hrs through the Basin and Range of Eastern Nevada. It was geology focused, but the history of the entire area was covered by a live narrator. Prior to boarding watch coal being shoveled, talk with a knowledgable railroader, ask questions, visit the museum with short videos, or check... More 

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We arrived thinking we would tour the museum only to find that a 90 minute train ride was leaving the station in a few minutes so we bought a ticket and hopped aboard. The cars and steam engine were from the early 1900's and the passenger cars were comfortable, although not air-conditioned. Didn't really need it anyway. On the train... More 

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