Train Shed Exhibit Hall


The Train Shed is a large structure to house locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance-of-way cars. It provides fundamental protection against rain, rapid changes in humidity or temperature, and light. These environmental factors present some of the greatest threats to the Museum's collection of railway artifacts.

Public access is available via regular train rides, and for walk-ups on Thursday - Sunday during the summer. A more in-depth experience is available through scheduled tours departing from the Snoqualmie Depot that allow visitors to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment stored in the Train Shed while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development. The Northwest Railway Museum currently offers the Train Shed Tour Package, tickets are available for scheduled dates from Snoqualmie Agent or through prebooking from our Educator on the first Saturday of each month*. Please contact us for the most current schedule of tours. Contextual exhibits and broad use fo signage will provide additional interpretion as the hall is further developed. Currently the Train Shed offers the Wellington Remembered Exhibit.

Passengers who have signed up with the ticket agent at Snoqualmie Depot for the tour may ride the train departing from Snoqualmie, depart the train at the Railway History Campus while the train continues on to North Bend. After the tour, the group then reboards the train as it returns from North Bend and continues back through Snoqualmie and on to the Snoqualmie Falls section. The tour group does miss the North Bend leg of the train ride but instead gets to see the exhibit hall, additional train cars housed there, have a guided tour of the Snoqualmie Depot, Train Shed Exhibition Hall, and have a tour guide for their train ride. The Museum plans to offer an expanded tour where visitors will not have to choose between the North Bend section of the ride and having the tour in the near future, but is offering this tour interium while we continue to build the infrustructure at the Railway History Campus.

* Please note that Tours are not available during some special events such as Day Out With Thomas(TM) or Santa Train(R). Visitors may ride the train to the Train Shed Exhibit Hall on regular weekends. Beginning in 2017, drive up visits are available through October 29 on Thursday - Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.

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.

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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:  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