Related Links

Local Interest

Washington Steam Railroads and Locomotives - Extant rail history in Washington State.

Issaquah History Museums - Issaquah Depot, Gilman Town Hall and more.

Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce - Listing area businesses, attractions and events.

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society - History of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Cedar River Watershed Education Center-  Exhibits and tours about region's drinking water, forests and wildlife.

King County Snapshots - An online library of King County historical images including nearly 100 images from the Northwest Railway Museum Collection.

Camlann Medieval Village- Living History site focused on Medieval England.

USFS Snoqualmie District North Bend Ranger Station- Information on hiking and recreational opportunities

Railroad Companies

Amtrak - Provides rail passenger service from Seattle.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway - Incorporating local railways including the Northern Pacific Railway, the Great Northern Railway, and the Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway.

Canadian Pacific Railway - Canada's first transcontinental railway terminates in Vancouver, B.C., about 2 1/2 hours drive from the Northwest Railway Museum.  Canadian Pacific Railway operates a site dedicated to their history at www.cprheritage.ca  It  includes images taken throughout their history.

Montana Rail Link - Former Northern Pacific Railway mainline across Montana owned and operated by this Washington Group company.

Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad - Former BNSF (Northern Pacific Railway) branch to Grays Harbor and Bangor, WA.

Tacoma Rail - Formerly known as the Tacoma Municipal Belt Line Railway, it is owned by the City of Tacoma and handles freight traffic in and around Tacoma.

Union Pacific Railroad - Now incorporating the Southern Pacific Railroad, this road completed America's first transcontinental railway in 1869.It provides rail freight service into the Port of Seattle.

Via Rail - Canada's rail passenger service with service connecting Vancouver, BC with eastern Canada.

Railroad Interests

Burke-Gilman Trail - Walk or bike the route of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway from Fremont to Woodinville.

Trains - The Magazine of Railroading.

LGB - G Scale trains from Germany for indoors and out.

Mallets in the Tall Timber - All about logging Mallet-type steam locomotives

Operation Lifesaver - Railway and crossing safety advocacy.

Railfan and Railroad Magazine - Everything for the railfan.

Shay Steam Locomotives - An all time roster of shay locomotives including a list of all surviving examples.

Shay Steam Locomotives - An all time roster of shay locomotives including a list of all surviving examples.

NMRA - National Model Railroad Association.

USA By Rail - Useful rail travel tips.

Washington Steam Railroads and Locomotives - Extant rail history in Washington State.

Railroad Historical Societies & Museums

Amtrak Historical Society - Amtrak was created in 1971 to provide rail passenger service throughout the United States.

Association of Railway Museums - A professional association that educates and advocates railway heritage and promotes museum practices for railway museums.

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel - A museum in Cranbrook, British Columbia is dedicated to the preservation of passenger trains of different eras.

Chehalis - Centralia Railroad - Train rides

Great Northern Railway Historical Society - James J. Hill's line completed in 1893

Lake Whatcom Railway - Rail tours on summer Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Milwaukee Road Historical Society - The Milwaukee Road was this nation's last transcontinental.  It crossed over Snoqualmie Pass and terminated in Seattle.

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad - A program of Washington Forestry Museum

National Railroad Historical Society - Railroading yesterday and today.

Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association - The Northwest's first transcontinental terminating in Tacoma, WA.

Pullman, George - PBS's American Experience profiles the life of George Pullman.

Railway and Locomotive Historical Society - The continent's oldest organization dedicated to railway history.

Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society - The SP&S was jointly owned by the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific and connected Spokane with Portland. Other important important branches went to Astoria, OR; Bend, OR; and Eugene, OR

Texas Railroad History  - This link was suggested by a 6th grade student who used the other links in this list to research railroad history for her social studies class. She found this page helpful and suggested we add it!

Union Pacific Historical Society - North America's first transcontinental railroad.  The Union Pacific operates into Seattle and several of this railroad's representative artifacts can be found at the Northwest Railway Museum.

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Museum Hours

Snoqualmie Depot Hours: 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week. No admission charge to visit the depot and grounds.

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

Railway History Center Hours: 11am - 4pm, April- October, Thursday- Sunday. Via train, Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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