Unusual hands-on experiences are special attractions at the railway, which went in service more than 100 years ago, and now claims to be the best-preserved standard-gauge, short-line railroad in North America. The museum has steam and diesel locomotives, the original depot, and engine and freight houses.
During Railroad Reality Week, August 21-28, you can be part of the railroad crew, working on locomotives, the cars and the track. During weekends, from May through October, guest engineers are given instruction in train safety and operation and then, while supervised by a mentor, take command of the throttle, brakes and train whistle of a vintage locomotive for a two-hour trip.
The museum offers accommodations in a caboose or a bunkhouse to those who want to extend their stay overnight. There are also a number of special excursions, including the Rocking’ and Rollin’ Geology train ride in which a geologist makes a presentation on railroad and mining history, and the Wild West Limited, where horse-thieving robbers make an appearance.
The number of excursions varies by day and season. You can find a schedule and make reservations at nnry.com. Ely is in eastern Nevada, along Highway 50, known at the Loneliest Road in America for its route through a sparsely populated area with an intriguing landscape.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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