Nevada Northern Railway
Home Links Contact Us

The Nevada Northern Railway's

All Aboard for Santa and the North Pole!

Watch Our Polar Express - Click Here

Read—The Polar Express Steams Up

Polar Express Ticket reservations strongly suggested - trains do sell out.

We invite everyone to experience a real life Polar Express to the North Pole.

On our way to the North Pole we will serve hot chocolate and cookies to all of our passengers. During the trip to the North Pole we will read the story of the Polar Express. Upon our arrival to the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet all of the passengers. Santa and his elves will present a silver bell to all of the passengers.

After Santa gets off of the train, we will head back to Ely. During the trip back everyone is invited to sing Christmas carols. This magical trip is for everyone who believes in Christmas. Come join us as we whistle-off and head way up north.

Click for Tickets.

Starting on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Nevada Northern Railway presents the Polar Express. Join us as head for the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus! This special train leaves the

East Ely Railway Depot

1100 Avenue A in Ely, Nevada.

The ride is approximately 1 hour long, depending on the engineer and Santa Claus.

Online Ticket Purchase

Polar Express Ticket reservations strongly suggested - trains do sell out.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is available through the Museum's Gift Shop.

We read the story of The Polar Express and serve hot chocolate and cookies. All riders also receive a silver bell just like in the story. On the way back from the North Pole we sing Christmas carols.



Based on the popular children’s book The Polar Express, this is a story of a young boy and his sister who learn from their friends that there is no Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, however, the boy hears a distant whistle and sees a locomotive pull into his front yard. He boards it and is on a journey northward; the destination is the North Pole.

After he and the other children disembark, they learn that it is nearly time for Santa to begin his annual Christmas Eve journey. However, he will select one of them to receive the first gift of Christmas, which can be anything that they wish. The young boy is selected, and, after much thought, he chooses a bell from the harness of Santa's reindeer.


When he begins his trip to his home, the boy discovers that he had a hole in his pocket and he lost the bell. The next morning, though, he receives an extra present: the bell with a note from Santa. His parents are disappointed because they do not hear the sweet jingle from it, and they think that it is broken. However, the boy and his sister DO hear the clear, sweet sound because of their faith.

Many years later, the sister could no longer hear the jingle, but the boy always could. He always believed in the spirit of Christmas.



Polar Express Ticket reservations strongly suggested - trains do sell out.

$32—adults      $16—children (4–12)      Children 3 and under ride free

Online Ticket Purchase

or call the museum for reservations and information toll free 1-866-407-8326


Call Us 1-866-40STEAM or 1-866-407-8326

Copyright © 2005-2013 Nevada Northern Railway Museum - Ely, Nevada
All Rights Reserved - Page Last Updated March 5, 2021