The Nevada Northern Railway is considered the premier preserved railroad and railroad shop complex in the United States. It was established to restore, preserve and operate the railroad for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. It is the obligation to operate the railroad that makes the Nevada Northern Railway so distinctive.
Instead of relics in glass cases, exhibits behind ropes or repainted old equipment on static display, the Nevada Northern is a working steam railroad. It’s gritty. It’s dirty. It smells of coal smoke, creosote and sweat. It is the last of its kind - the sole survivor from a grand era in our history. We encourage our visitors to explore and interact with it.
Our mission is four-fold:
1. To restore and permanently preserve the Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.
2. To interpret the railroad through using the locomotives, railroad cars and equipment as a tribute to the men and women who built, serviced and worked, not only on the railroad but also in the mining industry in Nevada.
3. To perpetuate the “can-do” spirit and vision that built Nevada and our country.
4. To teach the indispensable heritage industrial arts, mechanical skills and techniques needed to preserve, maintain and operate the railroad.