In its 49th year of public programs, the Northwest Railway Museum has made a significant change to its excursion railway operating plan. Beginning in April 2016, all regular trains stop at the Train Shed Exhibit Building for passengers to take a self-guided tour. It's not just a train ride anymore!
The Museum has been developing the Railway History Center campus for more than 10 years. Located on Stone Quarry Road in Snoqualmie, the campus will feature all the Museum's critical facilities including visitor services, an exhibit hall, collection storage, and collection care. Given the building permit, zoning, and public safety requirements, this is a multi million dollar development. However, there is some great news: the initial development is nearing completion with the third phase now under construction. So it's time to open the exhibit building to the public!
The new regular train schedule features a two hour excursion. Passengers board in Snoqualmie, travel to North Bend, then return to the Railway History Center where they have an opportunity to detrain and take a self-guiding tour of the Train Shed Exhibit Building. The 30 minute visit is an opportunity to see chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace, White River locomotive 1 and caboose 001, exhibits that detail how the railroad changed everything, and more. Then, passengers entrain to continue their excursion to Snoqualmie Falls, and a return to the Snoqualmie Depot. A similar schedule also departs the North Bend Depot.
Still want more??? Take the Train Shed Tour Package on the first and third Saturdays at 12:30 PM. A docent-led tour will also include a visit to the Conservation and Restoration Center where you will learn about the rehabilitation of former Northern Pacific Railway steam locomotive 924.
Check out fares and schedules here on the Museum's web site. Please note that the new operating schedule is in effect through October, but does not apply on Mother's Day or Father's Day weekends, or during Day Out With Thomas, Snoqualmie Railroad Days or Santa Train. Visit the Northwest Railway Museum for a completely new experience, because it isn't just a train ride anymore!