To develop and operate an outstanding railroad museum that provides the public a place to experience the excitement of a working railroad and to see and understand the significance of railroads in the development of Washington and adjacent areas.
The Northwest Railway Museum is a Washington non-profit corporation and is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. The Northwest Railway Museum is not a foundation as defined by Internal Revenue Service regulations.
The Museum was founded in 1957 as the Puget Sound Railway Historical Association. In September 1999 the name was formally changed to The Northwest Railway Museum. It is the largest and most comprehensive railway museum in Washington State and was visited by over 80,000 people last year.
Major achievements of the Northwest Railway Museum include:
Preservation and operation of a five mile historic railway, including extension into downtown North Bend.
Complete restoration of the 1890 built Snoqualmie Depot.
Amassing a Collection representative of Northwest railroading.
Successful operation of an interpretive railway for nearly 40 years.
Development and implementation of a training program allowing volunteers to operate trains and engines.
Successful administration of over $4 million in grants and donations.
Restoration of numerous historic railway transportation artifacts.
Establishment of a Railway Research Library.
Development and operation of a unique and successful Museum Store.
Funding and restoration of a major railroad bridge in North Bend.