Special to The Ely Times

Spend a week this August working on the railroad, all the livelong day at the Nevada Northern Railway museum.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 21 and steaming right through to Aug. 28, Railroad Reality Week is a great way to experience what it was like during the golden age of railroads, and help preserve a piece of history at the same time. Think of it as a dude ranch for the railroad enthusiast.

“This June I attended the Nevada Northern Railway Reality Week along with four other guys. What a fantastic experience,” said Mike Lewis. “Mark Bassett is amazing; he gave historical context to every activity that we participated in … The days were long and the work was real.”

Participants will help get a train over the hill and back again safely, work on track, get greasy hands-on experience maintaining the locomotive and cars and work in a switch crew, taking turns as engineer, brakeman and switchman.

Railroad Reality Week is an adventure of a lifetime, an escape to a different time and an authentic experience participants won’t soon forget.

To find out more or to make a reservation, go to www.nnry.com.

About the Nevada Northern Railway: The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is a designated National Historic Landmark. Voted the state’s Best Rural Museum and the Best Place to Take the Kids by readers of Nevada Magazine, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum also has been featured on Modern Marvels, American Restorations and on PBS. For more information, call 775-289-2085, log onto www.NNRY.com or for regular updates “Like” the Railway’s Facebook page.