(Snoqualmie, WA) – The Northwest Railway Museum invites children to treat their dads to a special train ride aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad this Father’s Day weekend, June 18th-19th in Snoqualmie, Washington. Father’s ride free all weekend when accompanied by their paying children – of any age! Last year over 500 dads enjoyed a free ride with their children during the two-day event.
Trains depart every 75 minutes beginning at 11:01 AM from the Snoqualmie Depot at 38625 SE King Street and at 11:26 AM from the North Bend Depot at 205 McClellan Street. Roundtrip fares: $8 children ages 2-12, $12 children ages 13-61, and $10 children ages 62 and up!
The Northwest Railway Museum’s 2011 train season welcomes the return of its popular family programs including Grandparents’ Grand Excursion, Halloween Train, Santa Train® and Day Out With Thomas™. This year the Northwest Railway Museum is Washington’s only host of the Day out With Thomas event, which is scheduled for July 8-10, and July 15-17 at the Snoqualmie Depot. Tickets are on sale now at the Snoqualmie Depot and via TicketWeb.
BETTER: The Northwest Railway Museum is offering the long-time family festival, Snoqualmie Railroad Days, as a program in the Museum’s family line-up. Slated for August 19-21, the 73 year old festival will include a parade, fun run, children’s area, artists-in-action, live musical entertainment, food, beer garden, arts and crafts and more.
Visitors to the museum experience the excitement of a working railroad while learning about the important role railroads played in shaping the character of the Pacific Northwest. The Snoqualmie depot, exhibits and Depot Bookstore are open to the public 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.
About the Northwest Railway Museum
Founded in 1957, the Northwest Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in Washington State and welcomes over 88,000 visitors each year. The museum operates an interpretive railway program offering antique train excursions through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. The museum’s collection of railway artifacts and equipment is one of the most significant in the United States and includes over 70 examples of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment. The Northwest Museum is located in the Snoqualmie Depot, recognized as the oldest continuously operated train station in Washington State.
The Museum is developing the Railway History Center, a 7 ½ acre site devoted to teaching, preserving and perpetuating railway history. The Conservation and Restoration Center (CRC) is a specialized building for performing collection care on historic railway transportation artifacts. The 25,000 square foot Train Shed will preserve and interpret the Museum’s most vulnerable artifacts, typically those constructed of wood. The Library and Archives will house the Museum’s collection of published and unpublished material.
For more information on train schedules, the developing Railway History Center, special events and operating hours visit the museum on the web at www.trainmuseum.org or call (425) 888-3030.