March 04, 2010

Northwest Railway Museum

The second part of our adventure to Snoqualmie Falls was a trip to the Northwest Railway Museum. It was my first time there, and the trip was a bit of a whim. Let me get the good news out of the way first: The railway museum is free, and it’s authentic. There’s a Victorian train depot and lots of old rail cars from the 1940s and 1950s. The site is clean and well-maintained.

The bad news: In spite of being about trains, it’s not a terribly kid-friendly musuem. There’s a gift shop, and lots of rail cars to see from the outside, but only one locomotive you can walk in and nothing in the way of hands-on exhibits. There were some well-done placards by the old rail cars, but with two kids in tow I didn’t have much time to stand around and read.

So, not the best place for an almost-two and almost-four-year old. But the sun was shining, there was one small orange locomotive that the kids could get in… and it was free!

Patrick in the Locomotive

Little Engineers

Written by Brian Dewey.

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