Museum in North Bend, Washington
205 E McClellan St, North Bend, WA 98045
Come experience how the railroad changed everything.
The Grand Tour Package is the premier tour offered at the Northwest Railway Museum. It is a docent-led experience that begins at the Snoqualmie Depot in historic downtown Snoqualmie.
Your docent will give a brief tour of the Depot before you board the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad for a short ride to the Train Shed Exhibit Building. There, you will detrain and enjoy a 30 minute tour of the 25,000 sq. ft. hall that includes large and small artifacts, and several exhibits including the award-winning Wellington Remembered exhibit.
Your docent will escort you through chapel car 5: Messenger of Peace and the 001 caboose! Next you will walk over to the Conservation and Restoration Center for a first hand look at current restoration projects, including steam locomotive 924. Both of these experiences are unique to the Grand Tour - this is the only opportunity to see inside the chapel car, and is a very rare opportunity to visit inside the Conservation and Restoration Center.
Next, you board the train again and travel west to the top of Snoqualmie Falls where you will view water cascading over the top of Snoqualmie Falls, and a beautiful view of the valley and river below the Falls. Your docent will accompany you during your trip to the Falls, interpreting the scenery and providing both historic and contemporary context. The Package ends when the train returns to Snoqualmie Depot. This round-trip experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
Our kids had a great time
We got there a few weeks too early for the museum, but the kids had a great time running around and climbing and seeing the trains. And also the cute little bookstore that offers great train books and other cute collectibles of the area. Definitely coming back when it is open
Train-lovers of all ages will enjoy it
Train-lovers of all ages will enjoy seeing the vintage trains on display at the historic Snoqualmie Depot, originally built in 1890 and restored in 1981. There is no admission (donations accepted) to see the railroad history exhibits in the former gentlemen's waiting room and freight room. A railroad history-themed gift shop (The Depot Bookstore) is housed in the former ladies' waiting room. Public restrooms occupy a portion of the original freight room, and replace the privy originally located just to the east of the structure.