Train cars coming home

The Northwest Railroad Museum has received approval to begin work on a Train Shed Exhibit Building.

The $4 million project will be the second of several buildings planned for its campus on Stone Quarry Road. The 25,000-square-foot building will house half of the museum’s collection of artifacts and vintage locomotives and railroad cars, which are now in open air.

The exhibit building will also enrich visitors’ experience, and could help greatly increase the 85,000 visitors who come each year, said museum director Richard Anderson.

The museum has already secured $2.8 million of the building’s $3.5 million cost. Landscaping and additional expenses will raise the overall cost to $4 million.

The money has come from private donations, public grants, and revenue from museum events.

Groundbreaking is expected in early August.

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