The Train Shed Exhibit Building is the Northwest Railway Museum’s 25,000 sq. ft. structure to house locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance-of-way cars. It provides fundamental protection against rain, rapid changes in humidity or temperature, and light. These environmental factors present some of the greatest threats to the Museum’s collection of railway artifacts. This building has allowed the Museum to preserve about one-third of our large object collection inside. It also houses several exhibits including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit, The Railroad Changed Everything exhibit and The Railroad Built the Pacific Northwest exhibit.
Beginning in April 2016 public access is available April through October via regularly scheduled trains departing from the Snoqualmie and North Bend Depots that allow visitors to see the locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment stored in the Train Shed while learning about the role and impact of railways in Northwest development. Beginning in the Spring/Summer 2017 public access will be available to drive up visitors at regularly scheduled dates and times; please stay tuned for the announcement of the specifics. The Northwest Railway Museum currently offers the Train Shed Tour Package, tickets are available for scheduled dates from Snoqualmie Agent or through prebooking from our Educator on most Saturdays*.
The Train Shed Exhibit Building houses a mixture of large objects, ranging from our most historically significant and restored pieces like the Chapel Car Messenger of Peace and White River Lumber Co Caboose 001 to our most vulnerable to the weather pieces like Canadian Pacific Railway #25 which is currently housed in the building awaiting future restoration.
*Please contact us for the most current schedule of tours. Contextual exhibits and broad use of signage will provide additional interpretion as the building is further developed.