Fall Book Spotlight
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Hello! Welcome to the Northwest Railway Museum’s fall book spotlight! All four of these lovely books are available to purchase in the Snoqualmie Depot Bookstore, with select titles offered in The Railway History Center! For all you keen eyed museum members, this was originally written for our fall edition of The Sounder and had to be cut to one review – so the remaining reviews are being posted ..read more
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924 rides the rails again!
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10M ago
Steam locomotive 924 was built in 1899 by Rogers for the St. Paul and Duluth, a shortline railroad extending between the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth.  By 1901, that road had been purchased by the Northern Pacific Railway and the 924 0-6-0 was reassigned to Seattle, Washington.  Soon it was switching docks, building trains at King Street Station and building freight trains in freight yards ..read more
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Snoqualmie Days 2023
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10M ago
Snoqualmie Days 2023 was held on August 18 and 19, and thousands enjoyed live steam locomotive demonstrations, live music, trains, the grand parade, history comes alive, the pancake breakfast, and did we mention live steam locomotives?  Please enjoy our photo gallery illustrating this year's event.  ..read more
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Celebrating Women in Railway History
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1y ago
 March is women’s history month, and in the spirit of that we’ve been highlighting groundbreaking and notable female characters in railroad history on our various social media platforms. In this post, we’ll wrap up the month by expanding upon the stories of some of these women, as well as introduce a few new faces. Here’s to women in the past, the present and the future.Anna JudahAnna Judah ..read more
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Pettibone Speedswing
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1y ago
(Click image to see larger version) Pettibone invented the"do it all" rail crane.The Northwest Railway Museum first adopted a Pettibone Speedswing in 1994. With Hyrail gear and more than 30,000 pounds it has been used to deliver railroad ties, clean up minor incidents, perform rail exchanges, and reconstruct and demolish track up and down the line from North Bend to Snoqualmie Falls.  The ..read more
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Celebrating Snoqualmie since 1939
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2y ago
Snoqualmie Days (formerly known as Snoqualmie Railroad Days and Snoqualmie Firemen's Festival) is the annual celebration of the Snoqualmie Valley, its people, and its culture!, but the original Snoqualmie Days celebrated a specific and important event – the arrival of the town’s first fire truck. The festival was originally organized by volunteer firefighters to celebrate the arrival of the ..read more
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Thomas the Tank Engine thrills thousands
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2y ago
Thomas the Tank Engine arrives at the RailwayHistory CenterIt has been a full 20 years since Thomas the Tank Engine first visited the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie.  While the event is structured differently today, the guest of honor remains the highlight of the event.Scratch the Catvisits with Eric Ode In 2022, Day Out With Thomas at the Northwest Railway Museum consisted of a shuttle ..read more
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Electromatic Mk II
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2y ago
Typical track cross sectionThe basis of any good railroad is track, which consist of rails supported by ties held in place by ballast.  Unlike roads and highways, when track settles the original profile can be restored by jacking and tamping ballast under the ties to hold them in position.  This is an advantage that railroads have over highways, but track is also less forgiving and failure to ..read more
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Day Out With Thomas returns in July!
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2y ago
 Thomas the Tank Engine is returning to Snoqualmie this July, but he made a cameo appearance on May 18 to say hi to Snoqualmie's new mayor, Katherine Ross.  Mayor Ross welcomed a few of Snoqualmie's younger residents, too, as they also said hello.Join us for Day Out With Thomas 2022 at the Northwest Railway Museum, July 8-10, 15-17, and 23 & 24.  For more information, visit Thomas.TrainMuseum.org ..read more
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Give BIG for an iconic locomotive!
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2y ago
Moving the 125.Northern Pacific Railway locomotive 125 is now part of the Northwest Railway Museum collection in Snoqualmie, WA.  It moved here last November as part of a much larger project.  Now, it is being restored to its appearance when it arrived in Seattle in February 1940 and you can help make it happen.   Why is this important?  In the Washington State of January, 1940, steam was ..read more
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