On May 24, 2022, the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) presented the Northwest Railway Museum (“Museum”) with the 2022 Long Term Project Award for “The Great Locomotive Swap”.
This honor called the Museum for its role in organizing the Kennecott Copper Locomotive 201 to the Nevada Northern Railway, where it represents an important piece of this region’s history, while also bringing the NPR 125, the most former Northern Pacific Railway diesel. electric locomotive, and the sole survivor of the Walla Walla Valley Railway, at the Snoqualmie Museum.
The project was completed last November with the Nevada Northern Railway Museum and was one of the largest projects the museum has ever been involved in.
Kennecott 201 is an RSD4 model produced by the American Locomotive Company (“Alco”) in 1951 and weighs 320,000 pounds. The Northern Pacific 125 is a 197,000-pound HH660 model produced by Alco in 1940.
Both locomotives are rare survivors of the first generation of diesel-electric railroad locomotives, which supplanted the once ubiquitous steam locomotive of North American railroads.
AKCHO provides a nexus for professionals and volunteers in King County’s heritage and history preservation communities.
It serves as a centralized resource and link between heritage organizations in King County, promotes professional standards in the field of heritage, recognizes and commends organizations and projects that reflect best practice or leadership within the heritage community of King County. King County, and advocates and supports public policy. or movements that enhance the heritage and history of King County at the county, municipal, and state levels of government.