Kick off the holiday season with a step back in time this weekend for a old fashioned steam train tour powered by the Northern Pacific 924 locomotive on November 6-7.
The 2-hour round-trip experience begins at the North Bend depot or historic Snoqualmie depot and travels the rails through the scenic Upper Snoqualmie Valley.
All tours include a 30-minute stopover at the Train Shed exhibit hall and also head to the top of Snoqualmie Falls for stunning views of the falls to the river valley below.
For those who want fall in love with trains of all sizes, but you don’t have time to take the train, the exhibition hall of the train shed, located on the museum’s railway history campus, is open to walk-in visitors Thursday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, take it up a notch for the holiday season with TWO different train ride options this holiday season – the Christmas Express and Santa Claus Limited.
First, join Santa and his elves on November 27-28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2021 for the Christmas Express! This 25-minute vacation tour begins at the historic Snoqualmie Depot where passengers board seasonally decorated antique coaches and travel west to Snoqualmie Falls, stopping briefly at the ridge for its view amazing view of the valley below, before returning to Snoqualmie. Each child on board receives a small gift from Santa Claus.
Or join Santa Claus and his elves on December 11-12, 18-19, 2021 for the Santa Claus Limited steam train. This 2-hour vacation excursion begins at the North Bend depot. After boarding, passengers proceed to the Railway History Campus, where Santa Claus welcomes each child with a small gift inside the unique Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace located in the Train Shed exhibit hall decorated according to seasons. Guests also receive a holiday cookie on this train excursion.
For more information or to order tickets for all of these special train excursions, go to: Train.org Museum. (NRMM members can call the Depot Bookstore at 425.888.3030 ext 7202 to reserve their tickets.)
To ensure a safe experience, limited capacity and social distancing of seats on the train as well as frequent cleanings will be performed. All visitors aged 2 and over are requested to wear masks, and as per state law, masks are required for all visitors aged 5 and over. In accordance with King County regulations, all visitors aged 12 and over must show proof of vaccination to visit the museum and / or take the train.