To develop and operate an outstanding railway museum where the public can experience the excitement of a working railroad and see and understand the role of railways in the development and settlement of Washington State and adjacent areas.
The Northwest Railway Museum is located in Snoqualmie, Washington, about 35 miles east of Seattle. Nestled in the Cascade Foothills, the Museum offers exhibits, train excursions, family programs, and more that serve more than 120,000 visitors per year.
The Snoqualmie Depot is the centerpiece of historic downtown Snoqualmie. It was completed in 1890 and is the main terminal for the Museum’s six-mile railway. It includes exhibits about the role of the depot in Snoqualmie life, and outdoor exhibits of railway cars and locomotives.
The Museum’s main campus – the Railway History Center – is located in Stone Quarry Road in Snoqualmie and includes an exhibit hall, library, and collection care center. The Railroad Changed Everything, and exhibits illustrate its impact locally, regionally, and nationally. Featured exhibits include chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace that served the Baptist Church beginning in 1898, a Fairbanks Morse locomotive that served on a local logging railway, and an electric interurban car that until 1928 linked Seattle and Tacoma faster than today’s freeways.
Train excursions are offered most weekends from April through October, and include a visit to the Railway History Center. Special events on the railway include the annual Santa Train, Day Out With Thomas, and Halloween Train. Wine Trains are offered throughout the year. Check out the Museum’s web site at http://www.TrainMuseum.org for details!