The Northwest Railway Museum has several education programs to choose from.

School Train is aimed at school-age children, while the Pre-School Train is designed for toddler - preschool age children. The Outreach program will send an educator out to your school. Additional opportunities include programs for Scouts and Senior Groups.

School Train

Reenactors for School TrainThe Northwest Railway Museum offers a fun and educational excursion into the past through the School Train program. This program is designed for 4th graders and targets 4th grade Washington State History and Social Studies requirements, but is adaptable for students in other age groups (for pre-school age students or younger, please see information on Preschool Train tab). School Train departs from the Railway Education Center.

2020 Spring Program Dates – Friday, April 17, Wednesday, May 13 & Thursday, May 21


Program info:

  • Each session is two hours long, and does not include time to have lunch, so please plan accordingly. Sessions are limited to 100 participants, including adult chaperones.
  • The School Train fee is $6 per passenger. Full payment is required by April 1 for all session dates. The program will run rain or shine. Be advised, there are no refunds.
    • Participants will be divided into groups to rotate through activities:
              • Tour of the Train Shed Exhibit Building: learn how the railroad changed everything!
              • Discover the role the railroad played in the growth of tourism & experience what children wore in 1900 - how does it compare to modern times.
              • Decorate bandannas - learn why railroaders used bandanas - take home craft.
  • All groups will rejoin for the highlight of the program: an excursion aboard the Museum's interpretive railway, the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.

    To make a reservation or for more information, please email

Pre-School Train

The Pre-School Train Program is specifically oriented to toddler and pre-school age children. Pre-School train departs from the historic Snoqualmie Depot.

2020 Spring Pre-School Program Dates - Tuesday, April 28 & Wednesday, April 29

preschool1copy Program info:

  • Each session is 1.5 hours long, and does not include time to have lunch, so please plan accordingly. (Picnic tables are available on site at the Museum, and at the two city parks close by.) Sessions are limited to 80 participants, including parents & adult chaperones.
  • The Pre-School Train fee is $6 per passenger. Full payment is required to hold your space. The program will run rain or shine. Be advised, there are no refunds.
  • Participants will rotate through four activities including an art project, followed by a 30-minute scenic train ride on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.
  • Can't make the program dates - but would like a Pre-School train program? Contact us for other possibilities - we can create a weekday program just for you, minus the train ride.

To make a reservation or for more information, Pre-School groups may email:

Tickets will be available to families online soon!

preschool Train tables are always popular!


Outreach Education

Don't have the time or budget for field trips? Experience Northwest railway history through mobile hands-on 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 hands-on 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 handle 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!

Visits are available September thru April.

Fee: $45, $20 for each additional classroom presentation (on the same day). Scholarships are available.

Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.

Email to schedule your visit today!longworth for education

Above: Historic photos help students learn about history.

Senior Groups

image for tour signAre you looking for activities for an active group of retirees? The Northwest Railway Museum offers weekday tours of both the Snoqualmie Depot and the Train Shed Exhibit Building. Tours are available Monday thru Friday between 10am and 4pm ~ reservations are required, with a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice.

Snoqualmie Depot tours explore the impact of railroads on the Pacific Northwest, as well as the role depots played in everyday life in small town America. Spend 30 - 60 minutes exploring the rich history of the Snoqualmie Valley.

Add a Train Shed Exhibit Building tour and continue the theme of the railroad changed everything. The Train Shed is a 25,000 sq. ft. building that includes four tracks of railway coaches, locomotives and freight vehicles. The building also includes the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit and, coming in spring 2015, The railroad changed everything and Railroads built the Pacific Northwest exhibits.

Cost: $10 per person. Scholarships are available.

Two weeks advanced notice for all tour reservations - email to schedule your senior group visit today!

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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, Thursday thru Sunday, April - October. Memorial Day - Labor Day additionally open Wednesday - Monday. Via train, Saturdays and Sundays.  

Price: No admission charge to visit the Snoqualmie Depot and grounds. Admission $10 per adult (age 13+), $5 per child (2-12) to visit Railway History Center Campus.

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