The Nevada Northern Railway provides a bona fide window into the old West, and it opens for the season on April 11.

Rides on the authentic steam and diesel trains are scheduled every weekend through the fall, and daily during the summer. The April 11 kickoff also includes lodging options, where guests can stay the night either in the historic caboose or railroad bunkhouse.


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. In May, there’s Rockin’ and Rollin’ (a geology-themed 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); and Restoration Rails (May 30).

For more information and a complete schedule, go to