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The Northwest Railway Museum

Overview

The Northwest Railway Museum is a popular spot in North Bend for train enthusiasts of all ages. It consists of three locations; the 1890 Snoqualime Depot, the Railway History Center, and the Centennial Trail Exhibit. There are plenty of programs and events to experience for educational purposes and for a fun outing in the vast area of the museum, including the Wine Train, meeting Thomas the Train, Railroad Days, a variety of tours, and other annual events. The Centennial Trail Exhibit is the only section that never closes, as it’s on a public walkway.
The original Snoqualmie rail station still in use today.

Snoqualime Depot

The Snoqualmie Depot is located at 38625 SE King Street, and is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM with exceptions on major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There’s no admission charge although donations are welcome to keep up the 19th century architecture.

Due to scheduled events with Thomas the Trains and the Santa Train, there are some exhibitions that are not available or limited. The website should provide the listings should you want to experience the entire display or participate in either event.

The museum operates it’s on restoration shop which guest can visit
Being the oldest continuously operating train station in the state of Washington, the museum not only features historical artifacts such as train cars and original tracks, but sections is in itself a historical artifact! The Historic Snoqualime Depot is where this fact shines. At the time of its original construction, the building was considered unusually elaborate when taking the modest population of Snoqualime in mind. So after many years of service and changing ownership, the building became unrecognizable as a train station and officially denounced in 1975 where it merged into the Northwest Railway Museum.

Originally built in 1890 (remodeled in 1981 to reflect the original aesthetics) , visitors traveling on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad can purchase their boarding passes at the original ticket window. The railroad history exhibits are located in the former gentlemen’s waiting room and freight room. A railroad history-themed gift shop (The Depot Bookstore) is housed in the former ladies’ waiting room. Public restrooms occupy a portion of the original freight room, and replace the privy originally located just to the east of the structure.

The Railway History Center

The museum works to restore a wide variety of cars

The Railway History Center is open to drive-up visitors April – October, Thursdays through Sundays, 11am-4pm and through regularly scheduled trains departing from the Snoqualime and North Bend Depots.

Located at 9320 Stone Quarry Rd in Snoqualmie, visitors access the Train Shed Exhibit Building which features locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment maintained in the Train Shed along with multiple exhibits while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development.

The Railway History Center entertains the more traditional concepts of a museum with exhibits, artifacts, and other visual information in the climate controlled building. It also features a reading room open to public access along with non-circulating material.

Train Shed Exhibit Building

The Train Shed Exhibit Building is the Northwest Railway Museum’s 25,000 sq. ft. structure to house locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance-of-way cars. It allows visitors to witness the large motor vehicles whilst learning the role of the railway in the Northwest development. 1/3 of the Northwest Railway Museum’s large artifacts are located in this particular area along with other award-winning series such as the “Wellington Remembered” exhibit, the “Railroad Changed Everything” exhibit, and the “Railroad Built the Pacific Northwest” exhibit.

Railway Education Center

Opened recently, in 2017, the Railway Education Center was created as a space to preserve and access historical documents such as engineering records, books, and photographs. Students and researchers are welcomed to view these documents along with other non-circulating materials and study using the public accessible reading room.

We Are Here

This is the address featuring the Railway History Center. The Railway Museum has many locations; please visit their website for more information.