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Ely - Nevada Northern Railway Museum

1100 Avenue A

Ely was named in honor of Smith Ely, president of the Selby Copper Mining & Smelting Co.; which was founded on the site of the present Ely's City Hall in 1878. By 1902 extensive copper deposits were found in the area. Mark Requa, son of a wealthy Comstock silver magnate, owned the Eureka & Palisade Railroad, a narrow gauge in Eureka. Requa was interested in bolstering the sagging economy of the E&P and explored the local copper properties at Ely. He organized the White Pine Copper Company - constructing a route that would require 140 miles of track construction. In 1904 White Pine Copper Co. merged into other mining properties and organized as the Nevada Consolidated Copper Co. ( NCCCo)


Elizabeth Carpenter

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
We had such a great time visiting the rail museum. If you plan to go, make sure you book a train ride, as that's certainly the highlight of the museum. You are generally free to wander around the train yards to see what's there. The small museum exhibits are also well worth seeing. I would recommend this place to almost anyone.

Chris Miller

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The steam engine ride was a trip back into history, with comintery about the interesting people. Also information about the train's part in mining, the country and town. The train hold up was done in a old time town set-up that everyone enjoyed except one little girl who thought it was real. After dad and grandma got her to see they were just playing, she pointed out the horses. The ride was a memory of time passed for some and a view of live history for all. The train museum is a train lovers best trip to see so many big running engines.

Edwin S

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
The highlight of Ely, Nevada, if you come here your trip cannot be completed without taking the train tour, now I would strongly recommend you to take one of the specialty theme train tour. I did the ice and fireworks and it was worth it but I want to come back and do the one where they take you to see stars at night (check their website for details). The museum it's cool to visit before boarding, make sure to come in at least 1 hour before your boarding time to take advantage, explore the facilities and be back at the boarding station at least 20 minutes before your departure time if you want to have the chance to pick a sit of your preference (first come first serve)specially if you want to sit on the cart in the open as there is only one. The other carts are covered but you get the benefits of the air conditioned (depending on the season this may not be as important) if you'd like to see the city from the train make sure to sit on the left side (looking in eastbound direction) I did not enjoy the other side as the only highlight was the mountain views unless you were in the open cart.

Robert Herron

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Excellent stop. Loved the guided part of the tour. Sean did an excellent job educating us about the copper mining history and we especially enjoyed the machine shop and engine house.

Trevor Smith

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Definitely would recommend going here if you're in town! It's really cool to see all the history behind the railroad and all the original trains are still there to explore!

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