Nevada Northern Railway


Often called the "best preserved shortline in North America," the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely was one of the last great mining railroads built in the 20th century. Completed in 1906 by the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company, the line stretched from Ely to the Southern Pacific line in Cobre, 140 miles north. Built to haul copper ore, the train provided regular Pullman passenger service until 1920 and carried local residents to work, school, and play until 1938. The railroad ceased regular freight operation in 1983, when it was donated to the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation to operate as a working museum. The museum offers guided and self-guided walking tours of the railroad facility year-round. You'll see the whole operation as it appeared when the facility opened in 1907, including the general office, depot and dispatcher's office, the roundhouse, machine and blacksmith shops, and a rolling stock of vintage steam, diesel, and electric locomotives. The museum has two wooden Pullman coaches (circa 1886) undergoing restoration and an 1882 Pullman sleeper open for inspection. You'll also have a chance to ride the line behind a classic steam locomotive (an ALCO 1909 2-8-0 or Baldwin 1910 4-6-0) or behind a rare ALCO RS-3 diesel locomotive. Trains are made up of various passenger cars from the 1920s to the 1940s and include an open observation car. The two excursion routes take passengers past ghost towns through a curved railroad tunnel to the Robinson mining district and along Steptoe Valley mountain benches toward the ore smelters in McGill. Trains run from May through September and specialty trains head down the line throughout the year. The museum, also known as "The Ghost Train of Old Ely," is located at 1100 Avenue A in East Ely. It's open daily.


11th St and Avenue A
Nevada, United States of America 89315


39.25923000, -114.86900900
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(775) 289-2085

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