Railway History Campus
Closed in accordance to Washington State Governor's November 15, 2020 restrictions through January 16, 2021.
Located at 9320 Stone Quarry Rd in Snoqualmie, visitors access the Train Shed Exhibit Hall to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment on display in the Train Shed along with multiple exhibits while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development.
The Train Shed Exhibit Hall is open on Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am - 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Museum members can call the Depot Bookstore to reserve their tickets
- Time indicates arrival window - you may stay as long as you like
- Face coverings/masks are required during your visit
- A new, one-way path through multiple exhibits and large objects has been created to help maintain physical distance and to protect everyone's health
Featuring the more traditional concepts of a Museum space with exhibits and artifacts in a climate controlled building the Train Shed Exhibit Hall lets visitors to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development.
The Railway Education Center, a space with reading room for public access to this collection of non-circulating material and a classroom for Educational Programs is open via appointment; access to the collection is limited while the Museum is in the multi-year process of moving the materials from long-term offsite storage into the new facilities. The building provides public restrooms when the campus is open, the classroom is open for special programs and the reading room available by advanced appointment for researchers.
The Conservation and Restoration Workshop used for collections care on the Museum's large objects is only open to the public via the Tour Package as it is an active work site and is not available to drop in visitors; all visitors must make an advance reservations. If you wish to schedule an appointment, email: info@TrainMuseum.org. Unfortantly, during the Covid-19 pandemic visits and tours to the Conservation and Restoration Workshop are suspended due to current State reopening restrictions.
Train Shed Exhibit Hall
The Train Shed Exhibit Hall is the Northwest Railway Museum's 25,000 sq. ft. structure to house locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance-of-way cars. Featuring the more traditional concepts of a Museum space with exhibits and artifacts in a climate controlled building the Train Shed Exhibit Hall lets visitors to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment. Telling the story of how railways changed settlement patterns, foodways, trade networks, industry and leisure activity the The Railroad Changed Everything exhibit creates an understanding about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development. The Train Shed also houses several exhibits including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit, The Railroad Built the Pacific Northwest exhibit, and exhibits exploring the lives of Railway Workers.
It also 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. This building has allowed the Museum to preserve about one-third of our large object collection inside.
The Train Shed Exhibit Hall houses a mixture of large objects, ranging from our most historically significant and restored pieces like the Chapel Car Messenger of Peace and White River Lumber Co Caboose 001 to our most vulnerable to the weather pieces like Canadian Pacific Railway #25 which is currently housed in the building awaiting future restoration.
Conservation and Restoration Workshop
The Conservation and Restoration Workshop is the building used at the Railway History Campus to perform collection care on railway transportation artifacts including locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and special maintenance vehicles such as snow plows. This indoor facility has 8,200 square feet. This facility is where the Museum's full time and volunteer staff perform collection care on large objects. The Conservation and Restoration Workshop ("CRW") allows all types of collection care to be performed inside a heated building, including preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction.
Since 2007 major projects have included the restoration of Chapel Car 5 Messager of Peace, SPS Coach 218, the rehabilitation of White River Timber Co Caboose 001 and Weyerhaeuser Timber Co Locomotive 1 that ran on the White River Timber Co line. Currently the major project is the restoration of the Northern Pacific Steam Locomotive 924 and smaller restoration projects are being performed on each of the passenger cars that visitors regularly ride on at the Museum.
Please note the CRW is an active work site and is not open to drop in visitors; all visitors must make an appointment in advance with a member of our staff. We cannot guarantee access will be granted, even with advanced notice. Thank you for your understanding. If you wish to schedule an appointment, email: info@TrainMuseum.org. Unfortantly, during the Covid-19 pandemic visits and tours to the Conservation and Restoration Workshop are suspended due to current State reopening restrictions.
Railway Education Center
The Museum's administrative functions are also housed in this facility, as are public restrooms for visitors.