Conservation & Restoration Center

Construction Photos

CRC Exterior 24 June

Phase 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 2009

A heated environment allows collection care even in winter.

218 carlines

The CRC is particularly appreciated for roof work.

East end CRC

Connection to the Museum's railway allows easy access.

218 1

Complete carbody rehabiliation takes place without regard to weather.