Engineer and daughter on NP locomotiveReconstruction of North Bend Way signals and crossing in 2001Snoqualmie Depot circa 1896Eccentric crank on locomotive 11Conservation and Restoration Center, July 2006

Welcome to the Northwest Railway Museum

DSC 0779We invite you to travel to Snoqualmie where you can - Visit a Victorian depot. Learn how the railway changed Washington and influenced settlement. See and feel the excitement of a working railroad. Experience what travel was like before Interstate highways. Hear all the bells and whistles. Travel back in time. See the sights and all the sites. Shop in a book store and find a new book. Enjoy it for the pure spectacle!

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

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.

Museum news

Train: No wheelchair access October 18th and 19th

The Museum regrets to inform that - due to scheduled maintenance - we are unable to provide wheelchair access to the train set on Saturday and Sunday October 18th and 19th. Access will resume by Santa Train and will most likely be available for Hallloween Train weekend, Oct 25 & 26. Thank you!

Halloween ~ Steam ~ Train is October 25 & 26!

On October 25th and 26th, 2014, the Northwest Railway Museum will be hosting a Steam Engine on our train set! Come and celebrate Fall and the end of the regular train season aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad. The four train schedule will feature the Santa Cruz Portland Cement 2, a Porter-built locomotive that entered service in 1909. Excursions are 80 minutes long, depart from the Snoqualmie Depot in historic downtown Snoqualmie, travel to North Bend and Snoqualmie Falls, and will pause for water at the Museum's Railway History Center.

At the Depot, sip hot apple cider while enjoying the seasonal decorations and cider press demonstrations.

To buy your tickets ahead of time - click here. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children.

All aboard!

Incentive to visit during construction

The impact of the City of Snoqualmie's Downtown Revitalization project (phase 2) is being felt at the Museum. But we want you to know you can still visit and take a train ride - we are open during construction! The convenient parking directly out front of the Museum is no longer available, but there is other parking very close by.

The Museum recommends parking in the city-owned gravel lot diagonally across from the Museum. On any given day there is plenty of parking in this lot and it is an easy walk across the street to the Museum. Other parking options include the residential side streets around the Museum as well as the diagonal parking strip east of the Museum on 202, between SE River Street and SE Newton Street.

So don't let the construction deter a trip to ride the train at the Northwest Railway Museum! We are open seven days a week, between 10am and 5pm, and the train runs every Saturday and Sunday thru October 26th. Click here for our current train schedule. And here's a little incentive to visit - discounted train rides. Click here for a coupon for $3 off per ticket thru October 19th.

Santa Train Tickets on Sale now

Tickets for the 2014 Santa Train are now on sale to the general public. Trains will run November 29 and 30, December 6 & 7, December 13 & 14 and December 19 (Friday) & 20 (Saturday), 2014.

The Friday, December 19, 2014 Santa Train will be pulled by a Steam Locomotive, the Santa Cruz and Portland Cement steam locomotive 2.  The Saturday and Sunday trains will be pulled by the Museum's historic Diesel Electric engines 4012 and 4024.

Santa Train 2014 tickets are $20 per person, ages 2 and up! Click here to use our online ticketing system - members have a $2 per ticket discount until the event is sold out. Members see your latest newsletter for the membership code.

Santa Train is the Museum's most popular seasonal program.  A Northwest tradition since 1969, the event allows participants of all ages to travel by train from North Bend for a visit with Santa Claus at Snoqualmie and to enjoy refreshments (included with tickets) served from the Museum's railway kitchen car.  Children visiting with Santa receive a small gift and there is time to visit local shops and attractions.  While in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, participants often visit one of the many local holiday tree farms or lots, and the many unique shopping destinations.

This year over 11,000 guests are expected to participate in this two-hour event.  They will board the Museum's railway at the North Bend Depot for a 20 minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie.  Once in Snoqualmie, they will enter the restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus.  Children will receive a small gift from Santa.  Participants can then step on to the Museum's restored railway kitchen car for refreshments where they have a choice of hot cocoa or coffee.  They also have a choice of several different kinds of cookies, all of which are fresh baked in the kitchen car's large coal stoves.  There is a little bit of time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for the return trip to North Bend.

Steam Locomotive for Halloween Train

Join us October 25th* and 26th*, 2014 for Halloween Train featuring an operating steam locomotive, the Santa Cruz Portland Cement 2Activities include: watching an old-fashioned cider press demonstration, enjoying Depot and train decorations, and sipping warm apple cider. This fun celebration of Fall and Halloween is a great time for people of any age!  Wear your favorite Halloween Costume and get a discount on your ticket.

Visit George's Bakery in North Bend, show your train ticket and receive a free sugar cookie.

Trains Depart Snoqualmie at

11:01am, 12:31pm, 2:01pm, 3:31pm and 4:11pm**

Trains Depart North Bend at: 

11:26am, 12:56pm, 2:26pm, 3:56pm***

Click here to purchase advance tickets today!

* No passes, discounts, coupons or group rates accepted, except for the Halloween Costume Discount.

**Falls only run

***no return to North Bend

Meet Stathi Pappas

The Northwest Railway Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Efstathios "Stathi" Pappas as the Curator of Collections.  Mr. Pappas brings a wealth of education and experience in the railway museum field and is best known for his skills in the rehabilitation, maintenance and operation of steam locomotives. He comes equipped with a Masters degree in Industrial Archaeology, and has performed major work on a variety of locomotives.

Stathi is responsible for the large object collection, including the coaches and locomotives that operate on the interpretive railway. Beginning this fall, he will be managing the Museum's steam program that will rehabilitate and operate a steam locomotive on a recurring basis as part of the interpretive railway program.  In the coming weeks he will be familiarizing himself with the Museum, and developing a detailed work plan.

Welcome aboard, Stathi!

Click here to read the full story on the Museum's blog.

White Glove Team- Moving A Library

The Northwest Railway Museum was honored to host a Reinforcement Crew event on May 17.  The Reinforcement Crew is a team of museum collections professionals from the Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums ("AAM").  

The Reinforcement Crew supports collections projects at small museums located in the annual conference host city. This 7th annual event selected five projects to support, including one here at the Northwest Railway Museum.   The Museum's project inventoried and boxed the collection of published material, which has been housed in the Snoqualmie Depot since the early 1980s.  This paper-based collection is being packed up and stored in preparation for its eventual relocation to the new Railway History Center library expected to open next year in Snoqualmie.  The new library will store materials in a temperature and humidity-controlled vault to help assure long term preservation.

During a seven hour work party, more than 120 boxes were filled with books and a detailed inventory of each box was generated and recorded.

Click here to read the full story on the Museum's blog.

Commercial photography restrictions

A permit is required for all commercial photography at the Northwest Railway Museum. This includes all individual and family portrait sessions where a photographer is hired to perform the work. The permit is available for purchase at the Depot Bookstore and allows the photographer to shoot for 90 minutes on Museum grounds. The cost is $50. Larger projects will require a more extensive evaluation - please respect the Museum's private property and the immense cost of maintaining the collection and operating programs. Contact the bookstore clerk for more information: (425) 888 - 3030 x 7202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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