Railway History Campus

The Railway History Campus ("RHC") is a phased development that provides the facilities crucial for a full-featured railway museum.  The Northwest Railway Museum has been implementing a plan to build the RHC and has invested more than $8 million.  The project is divided into three major phases: The Train Shed Exhibit Building, Conservation and Restoration Center and Railway Education Center. For more information about current activities at the Railway History Center please see below.  For more information on our campaign to build new facilities at the site please click here.

Visiting the Campus

Beginning in April 2016 public access became available via regularly scheduled trains departing from the Snoqualmie and North Bend Depots to allow visitors access to the Train Shed Exhibit Building, April through October, 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. Beginning in the Spring/Summer 2017 public access to the Train Shed Exhibit Building will be available to drive up visitors at regularly scheduled dates and times; please stay tuned for the announcement of the specifics.


The Railway History Center, a space with reading room for public access to this collection of non-circulating material and a classroom for Educational Programs is set to open in the Spring/Summer 2017; stay tuned for the announcement of its opening. The building will provide public restrooms when the campus is open, the classroom will be open for special programs and the reading room will be available by advanced appointment for researchers.

The Conservation and Restoration Center will remain only open to the public via the
Train Shed Tour Package  as it 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.

Train Shed Exhibit Building

Train Shed 6 copyThe Train Shed Exhibit Building is the Northwest Railway Museum's 25,000 sq. ft. 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. This building has allowed the Museum to preserve about one-third of our large object collection inside.  It also houses several exhibits including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit, The Railroad Changed Everything exhibit and The Railroad Built the Pacific Northwest exhibit.

Beginning in April 2016 public access is available April through October via regularly scheduled trains departing from the Snoqualmie and North Bend Depots that allow visitors to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment stored i
n the Train Shed while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development. Beginning in the Spring/Summer 2017 public access will be available to drive up visitors at regularly scheduled dates and times; please stay tuned for the announcement of the specifics. 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 most Saturdays*.

ChapelCarWithTrucksThe Train Shed Exhibit Building 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.  

*Please contact us for the most current schedule of tours. Contextual exhibits and broad use fo signage will provide additional interpretion as the building is further developed. 


Conservation and Restoration Center

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The Conservation and Restoration Center is the building used at the Railway History Center 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 Center ("CRC") 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 CRC 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.

Railway Education Center

Railway Education CenterThe Railway Education Center is Phase 3 in the Railway History Center and is set to open in the Spring/Summer 2017; stay tuned for the announcement of its opening.  This Phase will create a space to preserve and access historical documents including engineering records, books and photographs. It will support collection care and interpretation and allow better access for our significant demand from students and researchers for information from our unique collection. The new Railway Education Center will provide a reading room for public access to this collection of non-circulating material and a classroom for Educational Programs. 

The Museum's administrative functions will also be housed in this facility, as will public restrooms for visitors. The capital campaign to complete this phase of the project is currently underway. For more information about how you can help facilitate this phase please contact us today.

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Museum Hours

Depot Hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week

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

Price: No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds.

Riding the Train: The train runs Saturdays and Sundays, April through the end of October.