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Birthday party time for Snoqualmie Depot

The Northwest Railway Museum will celebrate the 118th birthday of the Snoqualmie Depot on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6.

The downtown depot is the oldest continuously operating train station in the state.

Visitors can celebrate the milestone with summer-schedule train runs of the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad and free balloons for children, and can check out Snoqualmie's sidewalk sale, too.

The train excursion includes a ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and a fabulous view of the Valley.

Trains depart every 90 minutes beginning at 11:01 a.m. from the historic Snoqualmie Depot, located at 38625 S.E. King St., and at 11:26 a.m. from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan St. Roundtrip fares are $7 for children ages 2 to 12, $10 for adults, and $9 for seniors age 62 and up. For more information, call the Northwest Railway Museum at (425) 888-3030 or visit www.trainmuseum.org.

Founded in 1957, the Northwest Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in Washington and welcomes more than 88,000 visitors each year. The museum operates the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad, an interpretive railway program offering scenic train excursions through the Upper Valley. The museum's collection of railway artifacts and equipment is one of the most significant in the United States and includes more than 70 examples of steam locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment.

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