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Unique Holiday Gifts at Nevada Northern Railway: Give the Gift of History

Ely, NV One-of-a-kind experiences at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum (NNRy) provide the perfect gift for the holidays (and, really, anytime). Discriminating shoppers searching for distinctive gifts need look no further than the NNRy.

Photography enthusiasts would surely enjoy partaking in one of NNRy’s exclusive Winter Steam Spectacular Photo Shoots. There are two sessions, February 3-5 and February 10-12, 2012. Each session provides rare and unique opportunities to capture breathtaking photos of one-of-a-kind, historic locomotives, trains, tracks and buildings, against gorgeous mountains that will likely be covered in a blanket of pristine, white snow. Access inside historic buildings will allow for a warmer perspective and ambience. The Winter Steam Spectacular can even be used for a wonderful wintery Valentine’s weekend, as the second session ends just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day. Each photo session is limited to just 30 persons – priced at $450 per 2.5 day session; $835 both weekends.

Nevada Northern Railway’s “Hands on the Throttle” program, allows anyone, 18 or over with a valid driver’s license, to actually drive an historic steam and/or diesel locomotive – no experience necessary (under staff supervision, of course). This rare treat has received rave reviews from past participants; including comments like, “it was the opportunity of a lifetime,” “a dream come true,” and “the best thing that ever happened to me/happened in my life.” Buy it for yourself or treat someone special. Prices range from $645 diesel only to $3,195 for the Supreme Engineer Package: both the steam and diesel with train. Nevada Northern Railway Museum is the only one to offer this latter option, outside of Poland.

Another sure-fire hit for the holidays is a real, hands-on working on the railroad experience during one of NNRy’s Railroad Reality Weeks. The adult session for $995 runs June 8-16 and Aug. 17-25. The Teen Session for $895 and Adult/Teen Session for $1,495 run July 22-28. With an extremely limited enrollment capacity of just 12 persons for each of the three sessions, advance reservations are required to guarantee placement.

Cab Rides and Caboose Overnights are also available throughout the year. A simple but meaningful ‘Gift of History’ can be given with an annual membership. Memberships start at just $30 and include a collectible copper coin, Ghost Tracks newsletter, and discounts on train rides, Gift Shop items, and all of the unique offerings at the Nevada Northern Railway. Gift certificates are available and patronage helps support historic preservation – and is tax-free, to boot!

Polar Express rides continue through December 27th. Call 866-40-STEAM toll-free or locally at 775-289-2085 for more information; visit our website at www.nnry.com; “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nnry1; see train videos at www.youtube.com/nnry1. ALL ABOARD!!

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