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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

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Address: 1100 Avenue A, Ely, NV 89301
Phone Number: +1 775-289-2085
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8:00 am - 6:30 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
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Old steam engines are getting harder to find but you'll find steam aplenty at the NNR museum. Kennecott Copper donated a bunch of track and the entire train facility to be a museum. You can see all the equipment used to maintain the rail and a lot of rail cars in various states of restoration. The rail trip with its... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great steam engines people were very helpful and friendly and informative we took the 90min train ride was very good they gave us good information about the surrounding area well worth the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This isn't simply a museum, but a working railroad with rides on the rails that used to carry both passengers and ore. The staff are very knowledgeable and provide excellent narration.

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Walden, Tenn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ely was a copper mining town and its prosperity increased once a railroad was able to move the copper to market efficiently. That railroad continued to operate well into the 20th century and when it ceased operation, all of its equipment became a museum. Today, this railroad museum preserves steam and diesel locomotives and the repair shops that maintained them.... More 

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Kemmerer, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great old trains to see! nice museum to visit! Great staff to answer all your questions! A true step back in time. A bonus! restored pieces on display that you may have seen on the tv show American Restoration on the History channel! Totally enjoyed our visit!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the third time visiting the railway, and it is still just as good. The journey runs at the back of the town and past highway 50. After the train ride, there was a shed tour which was very interesting, especially when we saw one of their blacksmiths working in the sheds. Our tour guide was well informed, and... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time riding the train as well as the amazing museum. You will see things in this train museum that we have never have seen before. Next trip will be to drive a train.

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Hesperia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the Great Basin National Park; we were pleasantly surprised to find and experience this railway depot from the past. Enjoyed a 90 minute train ride; as well as a 90 minute tour of the depot facilities, including engine repair house.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We like the railroad museum at Ely. They have a variety of train experiences including being a railroad engineer for the day. They also have train rides. The train cars are also beautiful to see.

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