At Nevada Northern Railway you can drive the train

Road Tour

ELY, Nev. (News4Utah)- Our last stop of the Nevada Road Tour takes us about 240 miles west of Salt Lake City.

Visitors at the Nevada Northern Railway step back in time to a day when “The Iron Horse” ruled the rails of the Western Frontier.

Executive Director Mark Bassett leads the team keeping the trains on the tracks.

“The great thing about the Nevada Northern Railway is, we’re a lot more than a train ride. There’s chances to be the engineer. There’s chances to sleep in the rail yard in the bunkhouse or in a caboose. And we find that when we get people, especially young people, with their hands on history it really comes alive for them,” said Bassett.

Yes. You read that right. They’ll teach you how to drive the train!

Or for a real hands-on experience, check out “Railroad Reality Week” where you learn railroading from the ground up and spend a week working on a National Historic Landmark railroad, and the best preserved standard gauge railroad in America.  

Track for the Nevada Northern Railway was laid over a century ago, connecting one of the largest copper mines in North America to the Transcontinental routes to the North. Today, several of the original coal-fired standard-gauge steam locomotives that were ordered and delivered new to the railroad over a century ago are still in operation.

The railway is open year round. The magical Polar Express ride is a favorite family event around the holidays.

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