Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Steam trains return July 4 & 5!

Steam trains are returning to the Northwest Railway Museum on July 4 and 5, 2015!  The first departure is at 11:30 AM from Snoqualmie.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for children.  You can purchase tickets in advance and pickup them up at will call prior to boarding the train. There is no service charge for using the Museum's online ticketing system, and it will reserve space for you and your family!  So why wait?  Order here today!
Trains will be pulled by Santa Cruz Portland Cement steam locomotive 2.  There will be departures from Snoqualmie each day at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM.  Just a year into service after years of effort were expended restoring this early 20th Century gem, "The Chiggen" is ready to steam for the weekend. This will be the last weekend of regular trains before Thomas the Tank Engine visits Snoqualmie so come and ride the line in style, behind SCPC 2!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Peruvian sister city visit

The City of Snoqualmie recently formed a sister city relationship with Chaclacayo, Peru.  As part of the relationship, Snoqualmie is sending surplus firefighting equipment to that community located about 17 miles from Lima, Peru. To transport the gear from Snoqualmie to Peru, officials in both countries worked to arrange a visit from a Peruvian naval vessel. 
The BAP Villavisencio (FM-52) arrived at Seattle’s pier 66 on Tuesday, June 9 for five day visit, and its complement of officer cadets were bussed to area attractions as part of their ongoing education and outreach.  During the visit, approximately 50 cadets with their captain and commanders enjoyed a short excursion to Snoqualmie Falls aboard the Museum’s railway.

Captain Jose San Martin along with Commanders Luis Maury and Daniel Herrera rode along with locomotive engineer David Olix to Snoqualmie Falls in the cab of locomotive 4012.  So it was more than just cadets that had memorable experience.

The visit was remarkable in a number of other ways, too.  It was a rare opportunity for North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing to also ride the train.  He was escorted by Washington 5th District Representative Marine Reserve Colonel Jay Rodne, who also had a hand in helping arrange the visit.

The Museum extends special thanks to Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association President Tina McCollum for arranging the cadet's visit to the Northwest Railway Museum.