Last night Ken and I joined friends Nancy & Van Strom along with other friends on a train trip that included the debut of re-conditioned and refurbished Santa Cruz Portland Cement steam locomotive 2 located at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, Washington. It was like travelling back in time to Victorian times hearing the bells and whistles and seeing the picturesque train station and train waiting for us to board.
Van is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Railway Museum and invited a number of us to join them for the train ride and learn more about this very interesting museum. Included in our group were Michele & Dan Heidt, Arlene Wright, Jan Rogers, Jane Hesch, Bob Cremin, Toni & Rod Hoffman, Sandi & Tim Premselaar, Mary & Tim Nelson and others.
We had the opportunity to ride in a refurbished car that included the velveteen seats, working windows and beautiful woodwork, but which did not yet include lights. This was not a problem until it got pitch dark during our adventure, but Museum Board member, Mary Nelson, who was the creator of the VIP evening and inaugural train ride, brought mini flashlights around to each couple as a gift which solved the problem.
Our trip took us to a viewpoint where we could see the Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge and then back again to the actual museum itself where we were able to see a Chapel Car that included the organ and all the woodwork and windows finished and was just waiting for the pews and lighting and podium to be installed once they raise the money to do so. Nancy decided that several rounds of us singing “Amazing Grace“ was an appropriate activity for the Chapel Car. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”
Once we returned to the train for the final journey back to our starting point, Nancy also engaged us in singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” numerous times which we all seemed to enjoy.
What a fun experience to share with children. We hope to return for the Santa Train this year between the end of November through December which runs from North Bend to Snoqualmie and back again.. And of course they are looking for more friends to support the museum so they can continue to refurbish and maintain these beautiful relics of a time gone by, but which helps us connect our past to the present and our future.