The Snoqualmie Valley Railroad is a five-mile train ride aboard antique railroad coaches through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Trains operate April through October on weekends, Saturday and Sunday.
Standard Round Trip Fares: Adult $20, Senior (62+) $16, Child (2-12) $10. Children under the age of 2 are free. No passes, discounts, coupons or group rates accepted during Mother’s and Father’s Day Weekends, Railroad Days Weekend, Day Out With Thomas, Halloween Train or Santa Train.
Board the train in Snoqualmie or North Bend; then return on any train:
- Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie, WA
- North Bend Depot, 205 E McClellan St, North Bend
Be sure to wander through the Snoqualmie Depot to view exhibits about railroad history and the Victorian railroad experience. The grounds outside Snoqualmie Depot feature a selection of artifacts that change throughout the year.
Round trip is approximately one hour and forty-five minutes, and includes a stop at the Railway History Center (more information below).
Free train rides for Mothers and Fathers
- Mothers ride free on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad with a paying child of any age on Mother’s Day Weekend.
- Father ride free on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad with a paying child of any age on Father’s Day Weekend.
About the Northwest Railway Museum
The Northwest Railway Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1957. It is the largest railway museum in Washington State, visited by over 80,000 people each year. The Museum consists of several locations:
- Snoqualmie Depot. No admission charge. Open seven days a week,10 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There is limited access during Day Out With Thomas and Santa Train events.
- Railway History Center. $10 per person. Open April through October, Thursday through Sunday and via train on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours: 11am to 4pm.
- Centennial Trail Exhibit. Located outdoors on a public walkway. Free and never closes.
The Northwest Railway Museum’s collection of railroad equipment is one of the most extensive in the United States. The collection includes more than 70 items greater that one ton in weight, including steam locomotives on static display, passenger and freight cars, and specialized equipment that built and maintained the railroad tracks and the corridor surrounding them.
The small objects collection includes many smaller railroad artifacts, such as dining car china, tools, signs, uniforms, sample parts, and lanterns.
The majority of the Northwest Railway Museum’s operations overseen and performed by volunteers. The Museum has a membership program to support operations, and to develop and maintain community support.
About Snoqualmie Depot
The Snoqualmie Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a City of Snoqualmie Landmark.
Originally built in 1890, the Snoqualmie Depot has been restored to its turn of the century grandeur, and functions as an operating train station. At the time of its construction, the Depot was unusually elaborate in comparison to the modest size of Snoqualmie at the turn of the century. Over the years and several ownership changes, the Depot underwent so many renovations that it was no longer recognizable as a former train station.
In 1975, Burlington Northern abandoned the railway line, and donated the depot and several miles of track to the Northwest Railway Museum.
In 1981, the Museum rehabilitated and restored the Snoqualmie Depot back to its 1890s appearance. Preservationists restored the distinctive turret above the ticket office and two curved “eyebrow dormer” windows that had been removed in 1948 because of their tendency to leak during heavy rains. At this time, the Depot’s heating, electrical systems, and public restrooms were brought up to modern standards. A fire suppression system was added both inside and outside the building.
In 1996, the cedar shingle roof was replaced with a new version copied from period photographs,
In 2010, the public restrooms were updated again to comply with revised building codes and accessibility requirements, and to incorporate water-saving devices.
Since the Northwest Railway Museum began operating from the Depot before the last of the Burlington Northern staff relocated their offices, it is also the oldest continuously operating train depot in the state of Washington.