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How the rails get rolling: Heavy gear demonstrations at Snoqualmie RR Days

August 15, 2013 · 3:11 PM
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Railroad volunteers and staff showcase the heavy equipment that kept—and still keeps—local rails rolling, during demos this weekend. / Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

The history of successful railroad construction and maintenance is peppered with fascinating machines. The Northwest Railway Museum has a number of examples in its collection and Railroad Days is an opportunity to see some of them demonstrated.

You’ll see motor cars, a tie spacer, an automatice spiker, a ballast regulator, and even special cranes that travel on both the railroad and the road. Demos will be given at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Snoqualmie Depot.

Speeder car rides

When the train is away from the station, the Railway Museum will offer rides on its speeder car, a small, fast motorized passenger carrier that runs on the railroad.

There is a small cost for rides.

 

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