Northwest Railway Museum Archives
The Empire Builder Stops Here
The new Northwest Railway Museum Archives provides a welcoming assembly space, museum administration offices, secure research archives, and public restroom facilities that support the organization’s rail tours and railway conservation and restoration activities. As an extension to the educational programming of the NW Railway Museum campus, the archives will be one of the few historical repositories in the Cascades possessing a collection focused on the influence of the railroad in the founding and growth of Western Washington.
The rail line was constructed by the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway in 1890 and reorganized as the Seattle International Railway. By 1901 the railway and the depot were absorbed into the Northern Pacific Railway, with the Snoqualmie Depot remaining in active service until the Burlington Northern Railroad absorbed the Northern Pacific in the 1970 merger with the Great Northern Railway. Much has changed, but interest in and the importance of history remains present.
The collection of artifacts and history of this important period in Pacific Northwest history is now protected in this repository and available for research, tours, and learning through community events, training, and private appointments.
Signal in association with Miller Hull
- Railway Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering: KPFF
- Landscape Architecture: Site Workshop
- Electrical and Communications Engineering: TFWB
- Mechanical and Plumbing Engineering: Greenbusch Group
- Construction Cost Estimating: RC Cost
- Wetland Consulting: Scott Luchessa
- General Contractor: Kirtley Cole
- Ground Improvements: Geopier Northwest
Year of Completion: 2016
Steam Engine Weight: 104 tons
Artifact Capacity: 213,900 lbs
Favorite Film: Fire Walk With Me
Daily Journal of Commerce
September 25, 2017