What’s Special About This Year?  

2014 is a big year for the Snoqualmie Valley! This summer is the 125th anniversary of passenger train service to the valley.  On July 4, 1889 the inaugural run was a day trip from the foot of Western Avenue in Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls. The excursion was operated by the ME Church Society over the lines of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company. Now, 125 years later, the Northwest Railway Museum continues the tradition of train excursions to Snoqualmie Falls.

Wouldn’t you love to ride a Train powered by a Steam Locomotive to get a feel for that first run? 

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Well you can this year! During Railroad Days, the Santa Cruz and Portland Cement locomotive 2, a 1909-built Porter locomotive will let you step back in time to the early days of Snoqualmie. 

What is Snoqualmie Railroad Days? 

Railroad Days is the annual community festival celebrating our spirit and origins as a railroad and logging town, and the home of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. The event is held in Historic Snoqualmie, in and around the Northwest Railway Museum. Volunteer firemen and their wives organized the first festival in 1938, and the popular event is still going strong.  Last year about 10,000 visitors attended the festival. 

The 76th edition of Snoqualmie Railroad Days will feature traditional favorites: Train Rides, the Grand Parade, Fun Runs, three stages packed with entertainment, the Legends Car Club Show and lots of vendors. You’ll enjoy: Art in the Park, featuring artists-in-action, the Plein Air Paintout, Kids’ Paint Junction, Wine and Beer Gardens, Timbersports, Amazing Musicians, Living History Displays and free Wagon rides. Snoqualmie Railroad Days is your community festival – one stop for family fun. You won’t want to miss it!

 

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