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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Day Out with Thomas Event Cancelled for 2020

Day Out With Thomas at NRM

Forwarded on behalf of Northwest Railway Museum

Due to continuing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northwest Railway Museum is cancelling the Day Out with Thomas ™ 2020 event. Advance ticketholders will receive refunds within the next 14 days via TicketWeb.

The Museum’s priority is the health and safety of guests, volunteers, and staff members. Recent developments include an increasing rate of infection, and strongly suggests a large family event is currently inadvisable.

Day Out with Thomas ™ is a popular family event held annually in Snoqualmie since 2002. It features a replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas and Friends-themed activities, railway motor car rides, live music and more. The Museum looks forward to welcoming Thomas the Tank Engine back to Snoqualmie in July 2021.

The cancellation of Day OutwWith Thomas ™ 2020 is a great disappointment for everyone at the Northwest Railway Museum, but there is much excitement in looking ahead to reopening.

As the Governor’s Safe Start directive advances to the next phase, the Northwest Railway Museum will again welcome visitors back for train excursions, heritage railroading experiences, and fun new events. All activities will be designed for families and guests of all ages while practicing proper social distancing and health guidelines, including the use of masks for staff and guests. The Museum is planning to make announcements later in July about upcoming events that include inaugural runs of Northern Pacific Railway locomotive 924, the 1899-built Rogers steam locomotive that has been undergoing restoration for five years. The Northwest Railway Museum is looking forward to seeing you when its doors reopen and trains begin operating again.        

About the Northwest Railway Museum – 

The Museum was founded in 1957 and is the largest railway museum in Washington State. It serves more than 130,000 visitors per year and is known for popular family programs including Santa Train®, School Train, Day Out with Thomas™, Halloween Storytelling Train and Snoqualmie Railroad Days. 

The Museum operates an interpretive program offering heritage railway excursions through the upper Snoqualmie Valley, and interpretive exhibits that illustrate the role the railway played in the settlement and development of the region. The Museum’s collection of railway cars, locomotives and equipment is one of the most significant in the western United States, and includes over 70 examples of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment. 

The Northwest Railway Museum is centered in the Snoqualmie Depot, recognized as the oldest continuously operated train station in Washington State. Self-guided tours of the Train Shed Exhibit Building at the Railway History Center campus on Stone Quarry Road are included on train rides and for walk up visitors. Guided Grand Tours include visits inside the historic “Messenger of Peace” chapel car, Caboose 001, and the shop floor of the Conservation & Restoration Center.  

For more information on train schedules, special events and operating hours, visit the Museum on the web at TrainMuseum.org or call 425-888-3030.

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