ELY—As the Nevada Northern Railway Museum rumbles back to life for its 2018 excursion season, the working historic railroad brings back visitor favorites and adds new events guests will love.

Excursion trains start early this year with a soft opening on March 17 at 1 p.m. with a diesel powered excursion. Starting April 7 at 1:00 pm is the kick-off to the 2018 steam season with Nevada’s State Locomotive #40 doing the honors.

The Nevada Northern is unique among railroad museums, not only offering visitors the chance to see history, but to experience it as it was a century ago with rides and other events on this living, working railroad.

Visitor favorites include Be the Engineer where visitors actually take the throttle of a century old steam locomotive, or Ride with the Engineer in the cab of the locomotive. Special train rides such as the Rockin’ & Rollin’ Geology Trains, Fourth of July Fireworks train, and the Wild West Limited, along with regular train rides are also popular experiences.

For an immersive, working experience there is Railroad Reality Week, an intense hands-on opportunity to actually work on the railroad “all the live-long day.”

As the season winds down, a Halloween Ghost Train offers up fun frights in October, and the Polar Express train ride celebrates the holiday spirit.

Don’t have time to ride the train, there’s still plenty to see and do on a visit to this National Historic Landmark. At most museums guests go into one building, but at Nevada Northern Railway guests go into multiple buildings and see first-hand what it takes to keep a 19th century railroad operating in the 21st century.

At the Nevada Northern Railway, history is not something in books but touchable and the 2018 season offers something for every member of the family.  For more information and a complete schedule, 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.