Snoqualmie’s Train Shed reopens Sept. 11

The Northwest Railway Museum is reopening the Train Shed exhibit hall on Friday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.

The exhibit was closed earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It includes artifacts like the chapel car 5 Messenger of Peace, and a variety of exhibits about how the railway changed the region. The hall has more than 24,000 square feet of space, and is the largest railway museum in Washington state.

The train shed will reopen Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 pm., and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available online at the cost of $10 per adult and $5 for children.

In alignment with the state’s health regulations, up to 10 people may enter every 15 minutes. The shed has been reconfigured to promote social distancing. All exhibits will be touch-free, and employees will be disinfecting high-touch surface areas regularly.

All visitors over 2 years of age will be encouraged to wear masks, and all visitors over the age of 5 will be required to wear face masks.

The train museum was founded in 1957, and is the oldest continuously operated railway museum in the state. It typically serves more than 130,000 visitors every year. The Train Shed was built in 2005. The museum also includes a conservatino and restoration center, a railway education center and a former Northern Pacific Railway locomotive.

The museum received $50,000 in emergency relief funding from the federal CARES Act, administered by the city of Snoqualmie. Earlier this summer, the museum bookstore was reopened in a limited capacity.

Several popular events were cancelled this summer, including a stop by Thomas the Tank Engine.