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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

Ely, NV, USA
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About Nevada Northern Railway Museum
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.
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Tenisha B wrote a review Sep 6
Las Vegas, Nevada32 contributions17 helpful votes
Our family of four had a wonderful time on the steam train to Robinson Canyon. The team members were knowledgeable and kind. We happened to be riding on a record-breaking heat day for Ely at one in the afternoon, but we still had a good time. We plan to come again and ride the Star Train!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kenmarsam wrote a review Sep 5
Pueblo, Colorado1,125 contributions183 helpful votes
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They have done a fabulous job of preserving history and promoting steam trains. We were fortunate to do the star gazer train with the Great Basin park ranger astronomers. It was fabulous we learned so much. We took the steam engine the next day up to the mine. Afterwards we took the engine shop tour. What a great place. Great credit goes to the staff and volunteers to make this a go.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Nevada_Northern_Ry, General Manager at Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Nevada Northern Railway. It takes a lot of hard working people to make the wheels go round here. I will pass your kind words on to them.
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Don H wrote a review Aug 2020
Pennsylvania89 contributions35 helpful votes
We didn't know this railway existed until we arrived in Ely, hot tired and ready to relax after traveling south through the Great Basin on the way to June Lake, CA. We rode the train up to an active copper mine and back. We learned a lot about the history of the area. A great place for steam buffs.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Nova90, Docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Responded 4 weeks ago
Don, we are glad that you stopped by on your way through the Intermountain West, and that you enjoyed your visit here. Thanks for coming our way and letting others know that we are here, as we have been for over a century. We seem to be one of those "Best Kept Secrets" so we are always curious as to how you found us once you arrived in town. Drop us a line if you can and let us know....oh and also let your friends know about us as well.
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chrisbeckh wrote a review Aug 2020
San Jose, California2 contributions
We rode the 7:30 PM Star Train on 8/14/2020 and the next day the 1:00PM Steam Train to Robinson Canyon. The Star Train is a tremendous experience and we enjoyed listening to Ranger Charlie explaining the stars. This ride is about 3 hours. The next day we rode the 1:00PM Steam Train to Robinson Canyon. We also took the machine and engine shop tour, which I can recommend to anyone interested in trains. (free for ticket holders). The engine facilities are incredibly complete and authentic, dating back to the Steam Days. My recommendation: since Ely is so in the middle of nowhere, stay a bit longer and take several train rides. The ride to Robinson Canyon is alongside Highway 50 most of the way, so there is an opportunity to easily chase the train in the car and take photos.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Nova90, docent at Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Responded 4 weeks ago
Chris, so glad that you enjoyed the Star Train, and stayed around to also take the Robinson Canyon trip. That engine house has been home to all of those steam locomotives for over 100 years now. Thanks for taking the time to explore around. Hope to see you up here again sometime.
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Rudybaga wrote a review Aug 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico158 contributions70 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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