Train Shed Exhibit Building
Phase two of the Railway History Center is the Train Shed Exhibit Building, a facility to house and interprete our artifacts. Here our 2012 docent class graduates are ready for giving their first tours!
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 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 Railroads Changed Everything tour of the Train Shed, tickets are available for scheduled dates from Snoqualmie Agent or through prebooking from our Educator on most weekend dates* on the first and second trains of the day. 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. Currently the Train Shed offers the Wellington Remembered Exhibit and an exhibit on the role of Mail Trains.
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 Center 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 new exhibit building, additional train cars housed there, and have a guided tour. 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 Center.
* Please note that Tours are not available Father's Day Weekend, June 16th and 17th, or during some special events such as Day Out With Thomas(TM) or Santa Train(R). Please also note that visitors must ride the train to the Train Shed Exhibit Building; because of the nature of the current infrastructure at the Railway History Center, drop in visitors and visitors driving to the site without prior appointments are not allowed and will be asked to return to the Snoqualmie Depot. As much as we would like to currently accommodate drive up visitors, this has to wait until Phase 3 of the project when more infrastructure can accomodate this.