Since 1890, staff at the Northwest Railway Museum figure that more than 1 million travelers have passed through the doors of the Snoqualmie train depot.
That number will grow this spring, since the annual train excursion season is just around the corner. The first coaches roll out on Saturday, April 5.
Museum visitors can catch a train to another time where they experience how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington. There are also vintage train cars, exhibits, and the Victorian-era depot to explore.
Full passenger round-trip excursions are 75 minutes long, and happen each Saturday and Sunday, through October 19. It’s a scenic ride through the Cascade foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls.
Guests experience travel before the age of Interstate highways while seeing, riding and feeling the excitement of a working railroad with all of its bells and whistles.
Passengers board the train in Snoqualmie, 38625 S.E. King St., at 12:01 p.m., 1:31 p.m. or 3:01 p.m., or in North Bend, 205 McClellan St., at 12:31 p.m. or 2:01 p.m. Admission is $10 for children, $15 for seniors, $18 for adults, and little ones under age 2 ride free.
The historic 1890 Snoqualmie Depot and bookstore are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Interested in becoming a Northwest Railway Museum member? Go to www.trainmuseum.org, or call (425) 888-3030.
The start of the 2014 train season ushers the return of family programs including: free rides for moms and dads on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the Halloween Train and Santa Train, plus Washington’s only Day out With Thomas event, which is July 11 to 13, and 18 to 20 at the Snoqualmie Depot. The Museum also hosts Snoqualmie Railroad Days (www.railroaddays.com) on August 15 to 17.