Last Saturday, the Northwest Railway Museum wrapped up a successful Santa Train, an event that was first hosted in 1969. Reflecting on the eight-day event, 11,200 guests were served, more than 24,000 cookies were baked, about 320 gallons of hot cocoa were prepared, and 40 gallons of coffee were brewed. This year's event also featured the first steam-powered Santa Train in 25 years. In all, this was the largest Santa Train by numbers served, with 500 more guests than the previous record.
Many thanks are in order. First and foremost, to the 61 volunteers that contributed time and talent to running the event and making it successful. Volunteers put up seasonal decorations, served as Santa's helpers, addressed any problems as they occurred, served on the train crew, baked cookies, served the refreshments, helped in the gift shop, cleaned up garbage, and helped direct guests to Santa and the kitchen car.
Thanks are also in order to the many Museum supporters. Many thanks to Continental Mills who donated Krusteaz cookie dough to the event; to the many media partners who helped spread the word; the City of Snoqualmie parks staff who helped clean the restrooms in the Snoqualmie Depot; the Si View Park District who maintained the restrooms in the North Bend Depot; the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce staff who helped publicize the event and host the ice rink for several days in downtown Snoqualmie; 4Culture and City of Snoqualmie who provided sustained support grants to the Museum using lodging taxes collected at the Salish Lodge and Spa, and hotels and motels across King County; and last but certainly not least, anyone who helped support the event who Spike has inadvertently omitted from this important list.
There are also thanks owed to the Museum's Board of Trustees who provide the governance and oversight that allow this event to continue, to the part and full-time staff who work additional hours to ensure the event operated smoothly (even helping clean the restrooms!), and especially to the two very talented Santa actors and their two elf actors!
And thanks to all the guests who purchased tickets, enjoyed the event, and made all the other efforts worthwhile!
Seasons Greetings from all of us at the Northwest Railway Museum.