Nevada Northern Railway Museum
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)
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.
Our experience was lovely. Got to meet Santa Claus they served us hot chocolate and a chocolate chip cookie. They also read the Polar Express story to us! The music was super fun!
We arrived in the off season and had the wonderful treat of having 'Bill' as our personal, one on one tour guide of the complete yard and buildings. What an incredible wealth of knowledge and story teller. We had planned on spending an hour or so but ended up spending most of the day. Our only regret is that we were not there when the remaining operational steam train was taking people for a ride. This is a 'Must Do' in Nevada.
LOVED my visit to Nevada Northern Railway! I signed up to "be the Engineer" and made the trip to Ely, Nevada. What an amazing opportunity. All the people at the museum were so nice and took great care of my husband and I. Thank you! To the crew at Nevada Northern for sharing Engine 40 with us. She is such an amazing piece of history. Thank you for your efforts to preserve such a neat piece of rail road history. I'm star struck by her! We also did the "Star Train" so fun! And the ride up to Keystone with a history narrative. Enjoyed all of it! Planning to go back in October to experience the Haunted Train with my nieces & nephews. I would highly suggest you plan this into your calendar. What a great experience!!!
Great for the whole family. The history is amazing!! Can't beat a real working steam train ride, truly magical experience for every age.