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To develop and operate an outstanding railroad museum that provides the public a place to experience the excitement of a working railroad and to see and understand the significance of railroads in the development of the State of Washington and adjacent areas.
Founded in 1957 as the Puget Sound Railway Historical Association, the Northwest Railway Museum became a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1961. It is the most experienced and largest railway museum in Washington State and was visited by over 80,000 people in 2003. The Northwest Railway Museum operates a five-mile interpretive railway, an operation now in its 38th year, and the Snoqualmie Depot. The Northwest Railway Museum Collection of railway equipment is one of the largest in the United States and is representative of Northwest railroading. It numbers nearly 100 large items (greater than one ton) including examples of steam locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment that built and maintained the right-of-way. The Collection also includes a research library and smaller railway artifacts including dining car china, speicalized tools, signage and lanterns. The Museum also owns and operates 5.5 miles of main line track, 3.5 miles of right-of-way, and the fully restored Snoqualmie Depot, originally constructed in 1890. The Snoqualmie Depot is on the National Register of Historic Places and the King County/Snoqualmie Landmarks Register.
- Jessie Cunningham
- (425) 888-3030
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