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Local Interest

Savor Snoqualmie Valley - Information on sights and upcoming events in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Washington Steam Railroads and Locomotives
 - Extant rail history in Washington State.

Issaquah History Museums - Issaquah Depot, Gilman Town Hall and more.

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce - Listing area businesses, attractions and events.

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society - History of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Cedar River Watershed Education Center -  Exhibits and tours about region's drinking water, forests and wildlife.

King County Snapshots - An online library of King County historical images including nearly 100 images from the Northwest Railway Museum Collection.

Camlann Medieval Village - Living History site focused on Medieval England.

USFS Snoqualmie District North Bend Ranger Station- Information on hiking and recreational opportunities

Railroad Companies

Amtrak - Provides rail passenger service from Seattle.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway - Incorporating local railways including the Northern Pacific Railway, the Great Northern Railway, and the Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway.

Canadian Pacific Railway - Canada's first transcontinental railway terminates in Vancouver, B.C., about 2 1/2 hours drive from the Northwest Railway Museum.  Canadian Pacific Railway operates a site dedicated to their history at www.cprheritage.ca  It  includes images taken throughout their history.

Montana Rail Link - Former Northern Pacific Railway mainline across Montana owned and operated by this Washington Group company.

Tacoma Rail - Formerly known as the Tacoma Municipal Belt Line Railway, it is owned by the City of Tacoma and handles freight traffic in and around Tacoma.

Union Pacific Railroad - Now incorporating the Southern Pacific Railroad, this road completed America's first transcontinental railway in 1869.It provides rail freight service into the Port of Seattle.

Via Rail - Canada's rail passenger service with service connecting Vancouver, BC with eastern Canada.

Railroad Interests

Burke-Gilman Trail - Walk or bike the route of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway from Fremont to Woodinville.

Trains - The Magazine of Railroading.

Mallets in the Tall Timber - All about logging Mallet-type steam locomotives

Operation Lifesaver - Railway and crossing safety advocacy.

Railfan and Railroad Magazine - Everything for the railfan.

Shay Steam Locomotives - An all time roster of shay locomotives including a list of all surviving examples.

NMRA - National Model Railroad Association.

USA By Rail - Useful rail travel tips.

Washington Steam Railroads and Locomotives - Extant rail history in Washington State.

Railroad Historical Societies & Museums

Amtrak Historical Society - Amtrak was created in 1971 to provide rail passenger service throughout the United States.

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel - A museum in Cranbrook, British Columbia is dedicated to the preservation of passenger trains of different eras.

Chehalis - Centralia Railroad - Train rides

Great Northern Railway Historical Society - James J. Hill's line completed in 1893

HeritageRail Alliance- A professional association that educates and advocates railway heritage and promotes museum practices for railway museums.

Lake Whatcom Railway - Rail tours on summer Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Milwaukee Road Historical Society - The Milwaukee Road was this nation's last transcontinental.  It crossed over Snoqualmie Pass and terminated in Seattle.

National Railroad Historical Society - Railroading yesterday and today.

Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association - The Northwest's first transcontinental terminating in Tacoma, WA.

Pullman, George - PBS's American Experience profiles the life of George Pullman.

Railway and Locomotive Historical Society - The continent's oldest organization dedicated to railway history.

Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society - The SP&S was jointly owned by the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific and connected Spokane with Portland. Other important important branches went to Astoria, OR; Bend, OR; and Eugene, OR

Union Pacific Historical Society - North America's first transcontinental railroad.  The Union Pacific operates into Seattle and several of this railroad's representative artifacts can be found at the Northwest Railway Museum.

Special Update

ALL TRAIN PASSENGERS AND CREW MUST WEAR MASKS

Why do we still require masks? Transportation Security Adminsitration ("TSA") regulations currently require all railways, airlines and buses to have persons masked through January 2022. Though social distancing regulations are loosening in much of the region, the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Railway Administration and TSA. 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. By order of King County, proof of vaccination will be required beginning October 25 for all visitors aged 12 and older. The vaccine requirement is a legal mandate imposed by King County. The Museum is required to enforce the law as a condition of remaining open to the public. The Museum has already lost $1.4 million from closures and capacity reductions, further closures would be absolutely disasterous to the Museum. For more information about our social distancing restrictions please visit our Social Distancing Updates page.

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Museum Hours

Snoqualmie Depot Hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week. No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There is limited access during Day Out With Thomas and Santa Train events.

Railway History Campus Hours: 11am to 4pm, Wednesdays-Mondays through November 22. Click here for the holiday schedule. Closed Thanksgiving, December 18, 2021 -January 14, 2022.

Price: No admission charge to visit the Snoqualmie Depot and grounds. Admission $10 per adult (age 13+), $5 per child (2-12) to visit the Train Shed Exhibit Hall

Riding the Train: Saturdays, January-March; Saturdays and Sundays, April-December