It's Full Steam Ahead at Ely's Proud National Historic Landmark

A registered National Historic Landmar, the Nevada Northern Railway is one of the last of it's kind, and is the sole survivor from this unique area in the Silver State. 

This popular Ely attraction...or is it East Ely? Ask Mark Basset, Executive Director of the Nevada Northern Railway when you see's a great conversation starter! The Nevada Northern Railway is unique in that it's a National Historic Landmark AND a museum, but not the stereotypical museum that some may picture when they hear that word. Because it's an operating historic railroad, you will find working steam engine cars versus relics in glass cases. 

The Nevada Northern Railway recently introduced its "spend the night at the museum" program. Guests can sleep in either a caboose or bunkhouse in the original 1900s rail yard! 

If an overnighter isnt enough to satisfy the train afficionado in you, Railroad Reality Week for adults and teens allows participants to get their hands dirty in the shop and work on the track as part of the train crew for multiple days, but not before you're asked to pass a safety/training test. You might luck out and even have the opportunity to meet Dirtbag, the shop cat who keeps an eye on the grounds at night!

In addition to those listed on this page, popular events are the annual Nevada Railway Symposium and Taste of Italy Dinner Train in September; Haunted Ghost Trains in October; and the Polar Express in November and December. The Wild West Limited Dinner Train debuts in July.

Discover: The ultimate Nevada Northern Railway experience is its “Be the Engineer” opportunity. Drivers are given the opportunity to operate a steam locomotive, diesel locomotive, or both—with the freight cars attached! 

Good To Know: For the sixth year in a row, Nevada Northern Railway was selected in the Nevada Magazine Best of Nevada readers’ survey as the number one Place to Take the Kids in the Rural Nevada category. In addition, the railway has been featured on History Channel’s reality TV show “American Restoration” four times. 

For More Information

Nevada Northern Railway
PO Box 150040, East Ely, NV 89315-0400

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