Railroad project benefits Valley

The Northwest Railway Museum has been in the permitting process for its Conservation and Restoration Center (CRC) for quite a while now. The project has had numerous roadblocks put in its way by a small, but vocal group. The cost of permitting and designing the project is more than $100,000 with the total project cost expected to be around $1.2 million.

The museum has had its application materials in since November and now the city of Snoqualmie has opened a public comment period that will end on Jan. 6, 2003.

The most important aspect of the CRC is the potential benefits to the local economy. The CRC will be another draw for the important tourism dollar. It will also provide educational opportunities regarding railroads and the restoration of artifacts.

Snoqualmie Valley is a tourist destination with people visiting Snoqualmie Falls, hiking our trails, heading to Snoqualmie Pass to ski, or enjoying our local railway. The artifacts contained in the museum's collection highlight many periods of Valley railway history. Many of the steam locomotives were used locally by Weyerhaeuser Co. or its predecessor, Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Co.

With the opening of the CRC the museum will have the opportunity to restore its artifacts and hopefully, a steam train will emerge one day, ready to transport passengers.

So I urge each of you to write a letter of support for the CRC. Address your letters to Gina Estep, Associate Planner, City of Snoqualmie, P.O. Box 987, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. You can also e-mail your letter of support to gestep@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us.

A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the City of Snoqualmie Public Works building, 38194, Stearns Road, Snoqualmie.

This project is good for the Snoqualmie Valley and especially the local economy. The impacts of the project will be mitigated and the design of the project takes into account all aesthetic considerations.

Please support the railway's effort in building its Conservation and Restoration Center

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