The Nevada Northern Railway in Ely is running an Earth & Sky Train — a ride on a historic train with a dinner as well as history and astronomy programs — for the first time at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 from the East Ely Depot.

The train, pulled by a diesel locomotive, will feature an old-time miner’s meal (Cornish pasty — a meat-and-potato-filled pastry), followed by a presentation on prospecting, rock hounding, mining and geology by geologists Roger Bowers, Bill Wilson and Laura Baldwin. Passengers will disembark for the astronomy program, which includes viewing the night sky through telescopes and stories about the planets and stars.

Additionally, prizes will be awarded to passengers who answer trivia questions correctly, and a souvenir of the journey will be given to each passenger at the end of the ride.

Tickets for the Earth & Sky Train are $46 adults older than 13 and $25 kids ages 4-12.

The Nevada Northern Railway is an historic railroad that once hauled copper ore from the mines west of Ely to the smelters north of the city. The railway got its start in 1905, when the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company built a 150-mile rail line to move the copper ore.

In addition to the Earth & Sky Train, the Nevada Northern Railway will be hosting the Nevada Railway Symposium Sept. 20-23.

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