Steam Locomotive #11

Locomotive Restoration Completed

loco11aThe Northwest Railway Museum has completed the first phase in the restoration of steam locomotive #11. The locomotive was placed on exhibit in Snoqualmie on Friday, February 11,2005 at the corner of Snoqualmie Parkway and Railroad Ave.  The new exhibit location was constructed by the Museum in partnership with the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce and will be one of the cornerstones for the new Snoqualmie Gateway Park now under construction.  


loco11bPhase one restoration of #11 has returned the locomotive to its 1956 appearance.  Over 2,000 hours of work was performed by volunteers from the Northwest Railway Museum and the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce and included cleaning, sash and door replication, replacement of several missing features, painting and lettering.  The project was guided by six Museum Volunteers who contributed over 150 hours each: Dale Campbell, Richard Wilkens, Dan Calhoun, Dick Huntamer, Martin Nemerever, and Ralf Sampson.  


Locomotive11Locomotive 11, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1926, is a 104-ton steam locomotive with two separate engines under one boiler, a locomotive type commonly utilized on logging railroads throughout the Northwest.  Locomotive #11 was retired in 1961 and is now owned by Washington State Parks.  It was moved to Snoqualmie in 1972 and is on long-term loan to the Northwest Railway Museum.

Special Update


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.

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:  Closed Thanksgiving, December 18, 2021-February 18, 2022. Beginning February 19, 2022, Wednesdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm.

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