Outreach Education
Experience Northwest railway history through mobile lessons - let the railway come to your classroom!

Lesson 1: The railroad changed everything!

The arrival of the railroad in the Northwest had a significant impact on life in the region. People were able to move in and product was able to move out. Learn all about the impact railroads had on early Washington State history through activities using photographs and artifacts from our Museum's collection:

  • Historic photographs and census reports tell the story of the railroad.
  • Lesson can be tailored to the focus of your classroom lesson and learning goals.
  • Students can see large photographs and artifacts, learning about movement of people and/or products in history.

Lesson 2: Working on the Railroad

Building railroads was a major undertaking and a lot of hard work. Learn all about what tools and items were used to build the first railroads:

  • Historic tools and implements give students firsthand knowledge.
  • Lesson can be tailored to the focus of your classroom lesson and learning goals.
  • Students will investigate artifacts, learning about what it was like to be a worker laying track.
  • Great supplementary lesson to learning about the transcontinental railroad!


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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 Campus Hours: Thursdys- Sundays, 11am - 4pm; and Wednesdays, 1pm - 4pm. April - October.

Price: No admission charge to visit the Snoqualmie Depot and grounds. Admission $10 per adult (age 13+), $5 per child (2-12) to visit the Train Shed Exhibit Hall.

Riding the Train: The train runs Saturdays and Sundays, October thru December, 2020.