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A Nevada train ride into the past is free all summer for kids

Kids ride free this summer on a 90-minute train trip from Ely, Nev., pulled by a century-old engine

Kids can ride free this summer as steam trains chug their way through the remote and rugged high desert outside Ely, Nev.

The Nevada Northern Railway is celebrating the 105th birthday of its locomotive No. 40 by offering free excursions for children 4 through 12 Mondays through Thursdays until the end of September. At other times, kids pay $16. For adults, the price is $27.

The Monday-Thursday rides depart at 9:30 a.m. The train passes through two tunnels during the 90-minute journey back in time. Passengers can wander among restored passenger cars and an open-air car. After the ride, guests are invited to join a narrated walking tour through the engine house and the rail yard.

Special excursions this summer train “robberies” on Sunday and again July 26.

The railway, a national historic landmark, is in East Ely, about four hours north of Las Vegas.

The trains, powered mostly by steam, but also by diesel, ply the same line that has carried passengers through rural White Pine County, Nev., since the early 20th century. In 1910, locomotive No. 40 was built at a cost of $13,000. It transported passengers until it was retired in 1941.

After being stored for several decades, the steam engine underwent a major restoration about 15 years ago.

Info: Nevada Northern Railway, (775) 289-2085

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