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The Northwest Railway Museum has many fun and interesting programs and events to choose from. Whether it is an education program like School Train, or a special family event such as Santa Train, the Museum has a variety of options for experiencing the excitement of a working railroad and for understanding the significance of railroads in the development of the region.


santatrainSanta Train: 11,000 people visit with Santa Claus in the seasonally decorated Snoqualmie Depot during this annual event.

thomasThomas: Besides a fun train ride, young visitors get to meet Thomas, ride on a trailer car, watch a puppet show, and have an all around good time each July.


educationpeSchool Train: The Museum hosts over 1000 school age and preschool age students each spring for programming that includes educational activities and a train ride.

railroaddaysRailroad Days: This annual town festival in August includes hands-on living history activities and demonstrations, a parade, live music, timber sports, a car show, vendors, food and fun for the whole family.


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Mask Wearing at the Museum

On April 18th, theTransportation Security Adminsitration ("TSA") regulations requiring all railways, airlines and buses to have persons masked through May 3, 2022 were overturned by a Florida federal judge. The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.  For more information about our social distancing restrictions please visit our Social Distancing Updates page.

Recent News

Jun 21, 2022
Typical track cross sectionThe basis of any good railroad is track, which consist of rails supported by ties held in place by ballast. Unlike roads and highways, when track settles the original profile can be restored by jacking and tamping ballast under the ties to hold them in position. This is an advantage that railroads have over highways, but track is also less forgiving and failure to