The Nevada Norther Railway, a National Historic Landmark, offers free rides to all moms on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. Treat mom to a trip aboard an historic passenger coach pulled by a locomotive. Passengers will enjoy a ride through remarkable Robinson Canyon. Trains depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Open daily, except Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Memorial Day weekend, the museum is located at 1100 Ave. A in Ely. The railways historic trains run between three communities on 30 miles of track in White Pine County. The railway museum complex includes a full-service rail yard encompassing fifty-six acres with dozens of buildings, shops and structures. The museum collection consists of three steam locomotives, six diesel locomotives and over sixty pieces of rolling stock. The museum also houses an extensive paper record of the railroad’s operations.
Regular rides include caboose and engine rides, the steam excursion train (a 90-minute train ride on a train pulled by a century-old steam locomotive toward Ruth Mine), as well as the opportunity to ride with the engineer. Diesel train excursions and reenactment train robbery rides are also available on certain weekends. Guests can also stay the night either in the historic caboose or railroad bunkhouse.
Other events in May: Rockin’ and Rollin’ (a geology-theme outing May 16; Star Train, view the wonders of the galaxy with expert Dark Rangers from Great Basin National Park, May 22; Wild West Limited ride, a ride to Keystone Gulch with desperados, May 23, Memorial Day weekend; Restoration Rails, May 30.
For more information and a complete schedule, go to www.nnry.com.