Conservation & Restoration Center

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CRC Exterior 24 JunePhase one of the Railway History Center is the Conservation and Restoration Center, a facility to perform collection care to the standards prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior

Caring for large artifacts

This facility is where the Museum's full time and volunteer staff performs collection care on large objects. The Conservation and Restoration Center ("CRC") allows all types of collection care to be performed inside a heated building, including preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction. 

The Museum identifies large objects - or artifacts - as those weighing more than 1 ton and examples include steam and diesel-electric locomotives, passenger coaches, freight cars and maintenance of way vehicles such as cranes and snow plows.

The CRC is a purpose-built structure. Construction began October 5, 2005 and the building was dedicated on August 5,  2006. The facility was placed in service in January 2007 and incorporates 8,200 sq.ft.

2011 and 2012 major projects are the restoration of Chapel Car 5 Messager of Peace and SPS Coach 218. Other projects have included the rehabilitation of White River Timber Co Caboose 001 and the Locomotive 1 that ran on its same line.

Please note the CRC is an active work site and is not open to drop in visitors; all visitors must make an appointment in advance with a member of our staff.We cannot guarantee access will be granted, even with advanced notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Using the CRC

Rehabilitation of caboose 001 was performed in the CRC. OO1 was built at Enumclaw in 1944. 

001 Nov 07

001 Nov07interior

001 end


CRC March 2009A heated environment allows collection care even in winter.

218 carlinesThe CRC is particularly appreciated for roof work.


East end CRCConnection to the Museum's railway allows easy access.

218 1Complete carbody rehabiliation takes place without regard to weather.

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Museum Hours

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

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

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.