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Welcome to the Northwest Railway Museum

We invite you to travel to Snoqualmie where you can - Visit a Victorian depot. Learn how the railway changed everything. See and feel the excitement of a working railroad. Travel back in time to experience what travel was like before Interstate highways. Shop in a bookstore and find a new book.

Depot Hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Railway History Center Campus Hours: Grand Opening in Spring/Summer 2017, check back for announcement of scheduled hours.

Price: No admission charge to visit the Snoqualmie Depot and grounds. $10 per person admission to visit Railway History Center Campus once open.

Riding the Train: Regularly scheduled trains run Saturdays and Sundays, April through the end of October.  

Related Sites: Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace, Wellington Remembered.


Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 tickets are now on sale!


Help Support Northern Pacific Railway Parlor Car 1799

One of two wooden Pullman Company parlor cars delivered to the Northern Pacific Railway in 1901, NP Parlor Car 1799 purportedly saw service on the North Coast Limited. Seeing minor alterations with electrical light conversion in 1914 and new carpeting in 1926, the car remained relatively intact through its retirement in 1940 when it was converted to a cottage on an island in the Puget Sound where it has remained since. Parlor Car 1799 is currently almost completely intact and has nearly all of its original interior hardware.

Help move this car from its island home of over 75 years to the Northwest Railway Museum inside the temperature and humidity controlled Train Shed Exhibit Building. Once the car is in King County, it will be eligible for listing on the King County/City of Snoqualmie Landmarks Register and when it has wheels and couplers reinstalled it may also be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Landmarking a property raises awareness but also conveys eligibility for certain grants to help in its restoration and care.

Because of the complicated move off the island, the current bid is $67,000 to deliver the car to Snoqualmie where it can be preserved and perhaps operated. It will likely cost an additional $125,000 to perform some basic rehabilitation and stabilization to the car including restoring the air brake system and placing trucks under the car. If you would like to support this project please donate here and select NP Parlor Car under campaign.

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Recent News

Mar 14, 2017
Diamond Jubilee
Happy Anniversary! The Northwest Railway Museum was incorporated on March 14, 1957, 60 years ago today. This Washington State nonprofit organization has come along way from its humble beginnings, and it continues to grow each year. Check out a few photo highlights from the last 60 years, and enjoy the music courtesy of Tinkham Road.