A smoother, safer ride is the result of Northwest Railway Museum’s reconstructed rail crossing on Main Street in North Bend, finished last week,
This fix is mainly a road improvement, says Museum Executive Director Richard Anderson. However, a new welded rail installed as part of the project allows an increase in the warning time for the signals on Bendigo Boulevard.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission awarded a $20,000 grant toward the welded rail and its installation to allow the increase in warning time for Bendigo Boulevard.
The city of Redmond donated lightly-used crossing panels from its rail removal project. The museum chose the 30 best panels for use in North Bend and was able to secure them for the cost of shipping. New panels would have cost over $30,000.
The project experienced a bit of a setback in November of last year when rails the Museum had arranged to purchase from the Redmond rail removal project were scrapped instead. The balance of the over $50,000 cost is being paid by the museum. This is a big expense, Anderson says, but shows the scale of investment needed to keep the museum in operation. Work was done by RailWorks, local contractors Asphalt by George, and Imhoff Crane.
Northwest Railway Museum is located at 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. Learn more about the museum at www.trainmuseum.org.
Photo courtesy Northwest Railway Museum