Railway History Campus
The Railway History Campus ("RHC") is a phased development that provides the facilities crucial for a full-featured railway museum. The Northwest Railway Museum has been implementing a plan to build the RHC and has invested more than $8 million. The project is divided into three major phases: The Train Shed Exhibit Building, Conservation and Restoration Center and Railway Education Center. For more information about current activities at the Railway History Center please see below. For more information on our campaign to build new facilities at the site please click here.
Visiting the Campus
The Railway History Center is open to drive-up visitors Thursdays through Sundays, 11am-4pm and via regularly scheduled trains departing from the Snoqualmie and North Bend Depots.
Visitors access the Train Shed Exhibit Building to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment stored in the Train Shed while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development.
The Railway Education Center, a space with reading room for public access to this collection of non-circulating material and a classroom for Educational Programs is open via appointment; access to the collection is limited while the Museum is in the multi-year process of moving the materials from long-term offsite storage into the new facilities. The building provides public restrooms when the campus is open, the classroom is open for special programs and the reading room available by advanced appointment for researchers.
The Conservation and Restoration Center will remain only open to the public via the Train Shed Tour Package as it 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.
Train Shed Exhibit Building
Beginning in April 2016 public access is available April through October via regularly scheduled trains departing from the Snoqualmie and North Bend Depots that allow visitors to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment stored in the Train Shed while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development. Beginning in the June 2017 public access is available to drive up visitors at regularly scheduled dates and times. The Northwest Railway Museum currently offers the Train Shed Tour Package, tickets are available for scheduled dates from Snoqualmie Agent or through prebooking from our Educator on the Saturdays* of the month.
The Train Shed Exhibit Building houses a mixture of large objects, ranging from our most historically significant and restored pieces like the Chapel Car Messenger of Peace and White River Lumber Co Caboose 001 to our most vulnerable to the weather pieces like Canadian Pacific Railway #25 which is currently housed in the building awaiting future restoration.
*Please contact us for the most current schedule of tours. Contextual exhibits and broad use fo signage will provide additional interpretion as the building is further developed.
Conservation and Restoration Center
The Conservation and Restoration Center is the building used at the Railway History Center to perform collection care on railway transportation artifacts including locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and special maintenance vehicles such as snow plows. This indoor facility has 8,200 square feet. This facility is where the Museum's full time and volunteer staff perform 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.
Since 2007 major projects have included the restoration of Chapel Car 5 Messager of Peace, SPS Coach 218, the rehabilitation of White River Timber Co Caboose 001 and Weyerhaeuser Timber Co Locomotive 1 that ran on the White River Timber Co line. Currently the major project is the restoration of the Northern Pacific Steam Locomotive 924 and smaller restoration projects are being performed on each of the passenger cars that visitors regularly ride on at the Museum.
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.
Railway Education Center
The Museum's administrative functions are also housed in this facility, as are public restrooms for visitors. For more information about how you can help facilitate this phase please contact us today.