Engineer and daughter on NP locomotiveReconstruction of North Bend Way signals and crossing in 2001Snoqualmie Depot circa 1896Eccentric crank on locomotive 11Conservation and Restoration Center, July 2006

Welcome to the Northwest Railway Museum

DSC 0779We invite you to travel to Snoqualmie where you can - Visit a Victorian depot. Learn how the railway changed Washington and influenced settlement. See and feel the excitement of a working railroad. Experience what travel was like before Interstate highways. Hear all the bells and whistles. Travel back in time. See the sights and all the sites. Shop in a book store and find a new book. Enjoy it for the pure spectacle!

Depot hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Price: No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds.

Riding the Train:The train runs Saturdays and Sundays, April through the end of October.

Museum news

Santa Train Tickets on Sale now for Members

Tickets for the 2014 Santa Train are now sale to members and will go on sale to the general public September 15. Trains will run November 29 and 30, December 6 & 7, December 13 & 14 and December 19 (Friday) & 20 (Saturday), 2014.

The Friday, December 19, 2014 Santa Train will be pulled by a Steam Locomotive, the Santa Cruz and Portland Cement steam locomotive 2.  The Saturday and Sunday trains will be pulled by the Museum's historic Diesel Electric engines 4012 and 4024.

Santa Train 2014 tickets are $20 per person, ages 2 and up! Click here to use our online ticketing system - members have a $4 per ticket discount valid through September 13, 2014 and a $2 per ticket discount until the event is sold out. Members see your latest newsletter for the membership code.

Santa Train is the Museum's most popular seasonal program.  A Northwest tradition since 1969, the event allows participants of all ages to travel by train from North Bend for a visit with Santa Claus at Snoqualmie and to enjoy refreshments (included with tickets) served from the Museum's railway kitchen car.  Children visiting with Santa receive a small gift and there is time to visit local shops and attractions.  While in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, participants often visit one of the many local holiday tree farms or lots, and the many unique shopping destinations.

This year over 11,000 guests are expected to participate in this two-hour event.  They will board the Museum's railway at the North Bend Depot for a 20 minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie.  Once in Snoqualmie, they will enter the restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus.  Children will receive a small gift from Santa.  Participants can then step on to the Museum's restored railway kitchen car for refreshments where they have a choice of hot cocoa or coffee.  They also have a choice of several different kinds of cookies, all of which are fresh baked in the kitchen car's large coal stoves.  There is a little bit of time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for the return trip to North Bend.

Now taking reservations for the Snoqualmie Falls Historic area museum shuttle tours!

A new museum at Snoqualmie Falls is opening to the public this month.  The exhibits are housed in the historic carpenter shop and Snoqualmie Falls depot, and chronicle the Charles H. Baker's 1898-1899 development of the world's first underground power station.  The Museum will be open for just 12 days, a trial that is allowing owner Puget Sound Energy to evaluate and refine the program. (More information is included at end of this post.)  A more comprehensive operating schedule is being planned for summer 2015.

Saturdays and Sundays through the end of August offer free guided tours of the new museum. In addition, Friday, August 15 and Monday September 1 will also offer public access. Saturday and weekday tours are being offered at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:30 PM and are scheduled to last 90 minutes; they are free.  On Sundays tours are offered at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  All tours depart from the Snoqualmie Falls park Upper Plaza at the sandwich board kiosk titled "Snoqualmie Falls Historic Area Museum Tours" and last a total of 90 minutes. Tours accommodate a maximum of 14 people and are recommended for ages 12 years and older. Reservations for the free tour and shuttle can be made by calling the Depot Bookstore at 425-888-3030 x 7202. (The cut off for reservations is 5pm on Friday.)

A special additional tour option is also being offered: a train excursion followed by the museum tour.  This two hour 30 minute tour costs $20 per person, which includes the train excursion, and departs at 12:30 PM (Sundays) from the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King Street in historic downtown Snoqualmie.  With space for just 15 participants per tour, the Northwest Railway Museum recommends advance purchase of train and tour combination tickets, which will be available at will call in the Snoqualmie Depot at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Snoqualmie Falls Historic area museum tour & train excursion

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Snoqualmie Falls is home to the world’s first underground hydroelectric power station.  What was once sold as the world’s eighth wonder now includes museum exhibits that chronicle its development and operation.  A recent blog post tells part of the story, but you need to experience it for yourself to appreciate how important this acheivement is!  You can be among the first public visitors to this fascinating gallery!  A train excursion and guided tour of the Snoqualmie Falls power plant museum departs from the Snoqualmie Depot Sundays at 12:30 PM, but only through August 31st.  Tickets are $20.00 and include the excursion to North Bend and Snoqualmie Falls.  After viewing the valley below the falls, the train will make a special stop at the Snoqualmie Falls Depot where our special guide Lara will greet you and show you the exhibits in the historic carpenter shop and depot.  After your tour, you will make the short return trip to the Snoqualmie Depot by shuttle.  Please allow approximately 2.5 hours for this unique experience, which is limited to just 15 participants per day.

There is only a limited opportunity to experience this combined train excursion and historic district museum tour so we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.  There is no premium charged purchasing this ticket early, and there is no convenience fee for using this web site.  Tickets will be available at the Snoqualmie Depot on the day of departure at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start.

Alternatively, there are a limited number of free tours from the parking lot at Snoqualmie Falls.  A shuttle is operating between the gift shop and the historic district museum on Saturdays, Sundays, Railroad Days Friday August 15 and Labor Day Monday September 1.  Shuttle buses depart at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2:30 PM on Saturday; 10 AM, and 12 PM on Sunday, 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2:30 PM on Friday, August 15 and Monday, September 1.  These free tours are limited to 14 participants.

Steam Locomotive Arrives!

The long anticipated arrival of Santa Cruz Portland Cement steam locomotive 2 ha
Safely off the truck! A few moments later, the 2 began its slow four mile journey to Snoqualmie.
s been realized!  SCPC 2 arrived in North Bend, WA on July 17 aboard a nine-axle Sherman Bros Heavy Haul trailer following a two-day journey from Santa Cruz, CA. The locomotive was carefully unloaded and slowly moved to Snoqualmie. 

Many thanks to the seven volunteers that helped unload car 2!  The 2 will receive some minor work at the Conservation and Restoration Center in the coming weeks. 

It will make its operating debut in the Snoqualmie Valley during Snoqualmie Railroad Days 2014.  During this annual community festival hosted by the Northwest Railway Museum, it will operate August 15, 16, & 17 in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the first passenger train excursion to Snoqualmie Falls.

Click Here to read the full story on the Museum's blog.

Give Big Results

The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG 2014 event was a big success for the Northwest Railway Museum! The Museum recently received the final report from The Seattle Foundation and more than $14,000 was raised in support of the steam program, the upcoming visit of the Santa Cruz Portland Cement 2 steam locomotive in August, and towards additional work on chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace. The visiting steam locomotive will arrive in late July and is scheduled to pull the train during Snoqualmie Railroad Days, August 15, 16, and 17. Thank you to everyone who supported GiveBIG 2014!

Meet Stathi Pappas

The Northwest Railway Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Efstathios "Stathi" Pappas as the Curator of Collections.  Mr. Pappas brings a wealth of education and experience in the railway museum field and is best known for his skills in the rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of steam locomotives. He comes equipped with a Masters degree in Industrial Archaeology, and has performed major work on a variety of locomotives.

Stathi is responsible for the large object collection, including the coaches and locomotives that operate on the interpretive railway. Beginning this fall, he will be managing the Museum's steam program that will rehabilitate and operate a steam locomotive on a recurring basis as part of the interpretive railway program.  In the coming weeks he will be familiarizing himself with the Museum, and developing a detailed work plan.

Welcome aboard, Stathi!

Click here to read the full story on the Museum's blog.

White Glove Team- Moving A Library

The Northwest Railway Museum was honored to host a Reinforcement Crew event on May 17.  The Reinforcement Crew is a team of museum collections professionals from the Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums ("AAM").  

The Reinforcement Crew supports collections projects at small museums located in the annual conference host city. This 7th annual event selected five projects to support, including one here at the Northwest Railway Museum.   The Museum's project inventoried and boxed the collection of published material, which has been housed in the Snoqualmie Depot since the early 1980s.  This paper-based collection is being packed up and stored in preparation for its eventual relocation to the new Railway History Center library expected to open next year in Snoqualmie.  The new library will store materials in a temperature and humidity-controlled vault to help assure long term preservation.

During a seven hour work party, more than 120 boxes were filled with books and a detailed inventory of each box was generated and recorded.

Click here to read the full story on the Museum's blog.

Commercial photography restrictions

A permit is required for all commercial photography at the Northwest Railway Museum. This includes all individual and family portrait sessions where a photographer is hired to perform the work. The permit is available for purchase at the Depot Bookstore and allows the photographer to shoot for 90 minutes on Museum grounds. The cost is $50. Larger projects will require a more extensive evaluation - please respect the Museum's private property and the immense cost of maintaining the collection and operating programs. Contact the bookstore clerk for more information: (425) 888 - 3030 x 7202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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