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Valley museums share rail display

 Northwest Railway Museum volunteer Dan Olah, Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum President Gardiner Vinnege and Railway Museum volunteer Thom Wunder open the new interpretive display on North Bend rail history at the history museum. The display can be seen at the historical museum through October. - Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record
Northwest Railway Museum volunteer Dan Olah, Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum President Gardiner Vinnege and Railway Museum volunteer Thom Wunder open the new interpretive display on North Bend rail history at the history museum. The display can be seen at the historical museum through October.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

Collaboration between the Northwest Railway Museum and the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum is on display at a new interpretive exhibit on the North Bend railroad now on view in the North Bend-based historical museum.

On loan through October, the display titled “North Bend’s Own Train” contains photographs, diagrams, stories and a timeline about operation of the Northern Pacific train that connected the Upper Snoqualmie Valley with the rest of civilization.

“Although Snoqualmie had a large, fancy depot, the heart of the operation was in North Bend,” said Railway Museum volunteer Dan Olah, who created the display with fellow rail volunteer Thom Wunder.

The significance of the train operations in North Bend today, as well as 100 years ago, has been captured in the six-panel exhibit.

The display will also be on exhibit at the North Bend Library.

“To have two museums here in the Upper Valley that are growing and expanding is a really a fortunate thing for people here,” said Olah. “We hope that they get the word, come out and visit. Everything here speaks for itself. It’s top notch.”

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