Northwest Railroading History Forum

Saturday, September 9, 2017

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Washington State History Museum Auditorium

1911 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington

TACOMA CHAPTER National Railway Historical Society is proud to sponsor a series on Northwest railroading presented by local historians.  Planned presentations include: 

                  ·       Milwaukee Road’s original route over the top of Snoqualmie Pass

·       The Highland Park & Lake Burien Railroad, an electric interurban that served the Burien/Highline area.

·       The Northern Pacific Railway’s operations in Everett

·       Northwest Logging Railroads 

Donations Appreciated

 For more information check our news and events page  for the file

Download the full flyer on our news and events page (Rail Forum Sept file)!!!

We have added two more dates to our trips to Centralia via the Point Defiance Route

See the Sound by Train One Last Time

Please check at least one of the travel dates:  Sat - 7/15 Sat -  8/12   


Join us and “See the Sound by Train One Last Time”!  This fall Amtrak will no longer be going along the picturesque Puget Sound shoreline.  After more than 100 years, there will no longer be a passenger train traveling along this scenic route.  This is your opportunity to experience this ride before it is gone. 

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Tacoma Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will be departing from Tacoma at 10:25 am, taking a group of up to 30 people south on the Amtrak Coast Starlight along Puget Sound, and then on to Centralia. After lunch we’ll board a van to the Lewis County Historical Museum, which is located in the old Northern Pacific passenger station in Chehalis.  From there, the van will take us to the Centralia & Chehalis Railroad for a ride on a train pulled by an historic steam locomotive.  After a little free time, we will return to the Centralia Amtrak station for our return trip to Tacoma at 4:45 pm on one of the Cascade Talgo Trains.  This experience can be yours for only $95.50.


The fine print: Tickets are limited and will be sold “first come, first served”.  To guarantee this special rate, we must have at least 20 people.  Contact Bud Thompson at: , or 253-272-3000 for tickets.

Download the full flyer on our news and events page to see all the details (Excursion Ad file)!!!

Our meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Cascade Room of the Roundtable Pizza, 5500 Olympic Drive, Gig Harbor, WA. We suggest that you carpool if coming from the Tacoma side of the bridge to save the toll. You can call 503-710-4467 if you want to car pool. 

We have books for sale and have added the file to the news and events page. The prices are listed on the line of each book and do not include shipping. If you find 3 of the $10.00 books we will  package them for $25.00. We will be glad to mail them to you or meet you to deliver them. We do accept credit card using the Square. Sales tax will be added to all non-cash sales for Washington State residents.

Our Foss Waterway Seaport project is finished. Please contact Bud Thompson at 206-310-9414 if you have time to be a docent. A copy of the Foss Waterway Seaport project that the Chapter has taken on is attached on the News and Events page. The address of Foss Waterway Seaport is 705 Dock Street, Tacoma.