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Social Distancing Updates

Last updated: April 20, 2022

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The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

The Snoqualmie Valley Railroad’s train is a federally regulated railroad. As such, it is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Railroad Administration and Transportation Security Administration which requires railroads to follow Covid-19 CDC guidelines. We intend to continue operating the railroad subject to those transportation guidelines unless we are specifically ordered to close.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extension on the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through at least May 3, 2022 was over turned by a Florida federal judge earlier this week. So the mandate that all visitors age 5 years and older must also where a mask under the requirements to visit the Museum and/or ride the train is currently suspended.

Under the overturned guidelines to all persons in or on a train, locomotive, crew transportation vehicle, or in a railroad transportation facility, terminal, yard, storage facility, yard office, crew room, maintenance shop, and other areas regularly occupied by railroad personnel and all persons awaiting, boarding, or alighting a conveyance and while in a transportation hub such as a station were required to wear a mask. Because of the nature of our facilities, this requirement is in effect for all of the Museum grounds, depots, and buildings as each of these locations fall under the classification of a station, yard, storage facility, yard office or maintenance shop classifications.

To ensure that we were in compliance with Federal guidelines dictated,

  • ALL crew members and passengers must wear face coverings in compliance with Federal masking guidelines which cover mouth and nose.
    • No one will be allowed onto the train or exhibit spaces who is not wearing a mask.
  • Any person who removes their mask and is unwilling to put it back on while riding the train will exit the train at the next available railroad facility.
  • Individual household groups will show their tickets as they board the train with social distancing between the separate groups in front of/behind them.
  • Social Distancing of 10 feet will be maintained when groups are boarding, exiting and being seated on the train.
    • Groups are asked to maintain social distancing when preparing to disembark the train from the group in front of them. Wait till the group in front has moved forward at least 10 feet before rising to exit.
  • Consumption of food/beverages is prohibited while on board the train to ensure masks remain in place at all times.
  • Regular cleaning of the train will also follow the prescribed guidelines.
  • The Museum is required to enforce the law as a condition of remaining open to the public. The Museum has already lost $1.8 million from closures and capacity reductions, further closures would be absolutely disasterous to the Museum.

As a public gathering space, this was a preventative action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensure the safety of our community, visitors, staff and volunteers. We ask that all visitors over the age of 2 and require for those over the age of 5 to wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth while visiting.

All of these precautions are being done to ensure your safety as well as that of our staff and volunteers. We thank you for your understanding and your support during these difficult times. Your support helps ensure that the Northwest Railway Museum and the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad can continue to offer unique historical train excursions so future generations may also enjoy, firsthand, the history of Pacific Northwest railroading!

We will post any updates to this page as they become available.

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Mask Wearing at the Museum

On April 18th, theTransportation Security Adminsitration ("TSA") regulations requiring all railways, airlines and buses to have persons masked through May 3, 2022 were overturned by a Florida federal judge. The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.  For more information about our social distancing restrictions please visit our Social Distancing Updates page.

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