Welcome! Here's a quick summary of what's going on at the Nevada Northern Railway.
The Excursion Train is a 90 minute train ride up toward the Ruth mine, pulled by a vintage locomotive.
You can ride in the passenger coaches, or the open-air flatcar, or consider one of the following upgrades:
Evening / Special TrainsOn most Saturday evenings in the Summer, and other selected times throughout the year we have a specially themed train. They are a fun, new way to see the beautiful scenery around here. Read more about these special trains.
Be The EngineerYou operate one of our vintage locomotives out on the main line on your own special run "up the hill" toward the old Ruth Mine. Your hand on the throttle, Your hand on the brake. Your hand on the whistle. Run a locomotive.
Haunted Ghost TrainWeekend nights in October we dare to dispatch a trainfull of brave souls "Up the hill", toward the Old Ruth Mining District in search ghosts and goblins.
Polar ExpressWeekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas come experience the magic of this season as we take a journey to the North Pole to meet Santa
Caboose LodgingStay overnight in a working caboose parked on a siding in our railyard
BunkhouseStay overnight in a working railroad bunkhouse
Winter Steam SpectacularRailfans from around the world come to Ely to photograph winter steam. Early February each year.
Nevada Northern Railway Photo Shoots!
Participants have won numerous photo contests, recording timeless scenes of a historical railroad that are second to none. Many of the "Winter Spectacular" photos rival the best that National Geographic has to offer.
Of course locomotives, rolling stock and tracks are a big and obvious part of this railroad. But its just part of what makes a railroad work. You also need the infrastructure: Enginehouse, machine shop, carpenter shop, blacksmith shop, depot and dispatcher building. Oh and don't forget, the locomotives go nowhere without stopping at the coaling tower and water standpipes. We have those too, the original ones!
WHO: Avid railroad photographers from around the world come to Ely for the annual photo shoot.
WHEN: Second and Third weekends in February. Three days, Friday through Sunday
WHAT: Most all of our vintage locomotives and rolling stock will be in operation. Organized run-bys, night photo ops, and working equipment demonstrations.
BRING: Cameras, tripod, and warm clothes.
HOW: Reserve your weekend here
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above photos by Patricia Fua. The Loneliest Highway continues to thrive and attract many curious tourists. Above : the White Pine Museum is a great place to visit on Highway 50.
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CALIFORNIA TRAIL INTERPRETIVE CENTER TO PRESENT SPANISH LANGUAGE TOURS
ELKO, Nev. – The California Trail Interpretive Center will present a series of guided tours of its state-of-the-art exhibits in Spanish.
Isabel Sanchez will conduct the family friendly tours in February and March. The one-hour tours of the interactive exhibits are free and open to everyone. Sanchez is a Trail Center volunteer and a certified interpretive guide with the National Association for Interpretation.
“These tours provide an exciting opportunity for us to better serve our visitors, and to share the story of the California Trail,” said Supervisory Park Ranger Alex Rose. “We encourage Spanish speakers, their families, and all of those interested in a unique tour of our site to join Isabel as she guides them through our exhibits.”
The one-hour programs will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Trail Center on the following dates: Feb. 9, 23, and March 16, 30.
Between 1841 and 1869, approximately 250,000 people sold their belongings, packed wagons, and set out for California. Trail Center visitors learn about the emigrants and their impacts to both Nevada and U.S. history.
The mission of the California Trail Interpretive Center is to connect visitors to the California Trail experience. The Trail Center is a national and international destination, serving visitors from throughout the United States and around the world.
For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center, call (775) 738-1849. Visit the Trail Center online at www.californiatrailcenter.org or https://www.facebook.com/californiatrailinterpretivecenter/.
The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
JON RABY NAMED DIRECTOR OF BLM’S NEVADA STATE OFFICE
RENO – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that Jon Raby, a veteran BLM land manager and leader, has been named State Director in Nevada. Raby will report to the BLM Nevada State Office in Reno in early February 2019.
Raby, who is currently serving as the Acting Montana/Dakotas State Director will lead the management of 48 million acres of public land in Nevada and 59 million acres of Federal mineral resources.
In making the announcement, BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed said “Jon brings a great breadth of national, state and local experience with him as well as a real commitment to collaboration. I look forward to having him in this critical leadership position.”
Raby’s career in federal service began more than 25 years ago and includes 20 years with the BLM. In addition, he has also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
Raby has held several important assignments in recent years, including BLM Liaison to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, and as Chief of Staff in the BLM Director’s Office in Washington, DC.
Immediately prior to becoming Acing Montana/Dakotas State Director, Raby served as the Associate District Manager for the BLM’s Medford District in Oregon.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Ohio Northern University. Jon enjoys all types of outdoor activities and is an avid hunter, angler, and blackpowder shooting sports enthusiast.
An announcement about leadership succession in the Montana/Dakotas State Office is forthcoming.
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Ely Renaissance Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary
By Lorraine Clark
Ely, Nevada saw the closing of its copper mine in 1999 and the loss of 450+ jobs, nearly 25% of the local jobs. This impacted the community and resulted in local business owners stepping up to brainstorm ideas. The result was the formation of the Ely Renaissance Society, ERS, with the mission of using public art based on the local history.
Fast forward twenty years and Ely now has over 24 murals, a sculpture park with a labyrinth, the Ely Art Bank, and the Renaissance Village with 10 restored homes and an outdoor events center. Their website elynevadaarts.com details all the projects. The downtown area has been designated as an Art District and the Paul Kellogg Art Gallery just opened, giving local artists another venue to display and sell their art.
The Renaissance Society is an all volunteer group of people who have worked very hard with others in the community to transform Ely into a tourism destination. Ely first began as a mining town and then ranching developed. Tthe community developed over the decades as a cross roads where the Pony Express, the telegraph, the Lincoln Highway, and state highways have all connected travelers. For years, people knew Ely as a place to pass through on the way to other places. But now Ely has developed into a destination drawing people to not only the art district but also the Great Basin National Park, Cave Lake State Park, the Nevada Northern Railway, and many great museums and events.
The Renaissance Society made many improvements this past year and has great plans for the new year. The “United By Our Children” mural and the Richfield Station will be repainted. The Richfield Station will have the Richfield neon sign installed. The Village saw the renovation of the artist house into the Irish house in recognition of the contributions the Irish emigrants to the area made. A Fiber Studio will be added to the Barn with the donation of vintage looms. The Art Bank has an upgraded heat system and newly painted walls to refresh the Aspen Art area.
Twenty years of hard work and countless volunteer hours by dedicated people have added a sense of community pride, preservation of the history, and an attractive place to live and visit. Those living there and those who come to visit enjoy this part of eastern Nevada. The Ely Renaissance Society is proud of the improvements to the city and looks forward to future projects showcasing the culture and history through art.
To keep up with all the news of the Ely Renaissance Society visit their web site at www.elynvart.com