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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301
+1 775-289-2085
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Worth the trip

We drove up from southern Nevada to visit Ely, NV because of the train museum and it was worth the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Robert K
Bob K
Needs some improvements

The website says "At the end of most morning trips and 90 minutes before most afternoon trips you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1100 Avenue a, Ely, NV 89301
+1 775-289-2085
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We drove up from southern Nevada to visit Ely, NV because of the train museum and it was worth the trip. You don't have to love trains to enjoy the museum but if you do, it's a great experience. We met people from all over...More

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The website says "At the end of most morning trips and 90 minutes before most afternoon trips you can join a complementary narrated walking tour of the enginehouse and Main Yard." We showed up at 3 pm for a tour before our 4:30 pm train...More

Thank GeorgiaOutdoorsDiva
Nova90, Webmaster at Nevada Northern Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

First, thank you for coming to visit the Nevada Northern Railway. We are glad that you enjoyed the visit, and the train ride. I am the volunteer webmaster, and was responsible for not catching that update on the guided tour this year. We just corrected...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I was planning to come through Ely, the first thing everyone said is I have to see the train museum. Really? I thought... I have to? Because I've seen trains before and I can't say I'm fascinated by them... But 'no!'... the people say......More

1  Thank GrumpyTravelGuy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very educational tour for both children and adults. You can do a walking tour on your own, a guided tour or a guided tour with a rail train ride! Whether you're walking through the roundhouse, the rail cars or the offices, everyone...More

Thank Kim G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had reserved a ride in the steam engine. While waiting we toured the museum.. small with interesting history of the railroad movie. You have the freedom to roam the entire rail yard. Great historical experience. Definitely walk to the engine house which is huge...More

1  Thank Eddie H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly immersive tour in the train yard where you could see a whole series of trains up and close and see their state of repair. The steam train for our trip was over 100 years old and still going strong thanks to the love...More

1  Thank Greg B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice museum. Smaller than we imagined from the write ups we had read. The best part is being able to go anywhere you want on the property. Lots of neat old antique equipment and buildings to look at. Very good tour. All people who we...More

Thank GeneL769
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Gave the Mrs. The Be An Engineer STEAM as a Christmas gift. Went to Ely the weekend of May 20th, for her experience. Toured yard and engine shop. Met Mark the Director and chatted. On Saturday arrived and got her test graded and briefing so...More

1  Thank Plexiprs
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This is our second visit to the museum. We took the steam engine ride and throughly enjoyed the views of the mountain side and heard the narration of the mining history in Ely. The staff are all very knowledgeable and enjoyable to talk with. Train...More

Thank Amy C
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Years ago during my first journey to Ely, the railroad was still in use and posted to "Keep Out!". Today, those signs are a distant memory and one can follow his nose to see nearly the entire complex which is stuck in time to the...More

1  Thank Larry A
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Marian s
Should I bring a chair or a blanket to lie on to see the sky while viewing the stars on our star train trip?
20 June 2017|
Response from Judith C | Reviewed this property |
Our train trip was during daylight hours. So, I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you. I do hope you enjoy your visit there as much as we did ours.
Michael H
Is their transportation from Las Vegas to ely and what is the cost?
9 May 2017|
Response from Nevada_Northern_Ry | Property representative |
There is no transportation from Las Vegas to Ely. You could rent a car and drive to Ely. We're 240 miles north of Las Vegas. The drive takes about 3.5 to 4 hours.
Has anyone ridden the star train? Starts at 7pm one back at 9:30. Runs on days that a new moon occurs. Thanks
17 March 2017|
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Response from Nevada_Northern_Ry | Property representative |
The Star Train is one of our more popular trains. The train is a joint effort with the Great Basin National Park's Dark Rangers. The trains are scheduled for the new moon so there is a dark sky for viewing.