Northern Pacific Railway Museum
History: The old 1911 Northern Pacific Railway depot in Toppenish, Washington has been reopened as the Northern Pacific Railway Museum. The railroad closed this depot in 1981 and it was boarded up for nearly 10 years before the formation of the Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum Association (YVR&S) in 1989. The group was formed to take advantage of the circumstance of having a depot, engine and track all available for use. John Birmingham, owner of Great Western #51, was searching for a place to operate his engine. Toppenish happened to be on the old Northern Pacific (NP) route which had been sold to the cooperative Washington Central Railroad. This combination of depot, track and locomotive led to several years of successful steam operations. When the Great Western #51 was taken to California in 1992, the museum group put its efforts into the restoration of the depot. As restoration efforts proceeded and artifacts began to accumulate, the Northern Pacific Railway story began to develop. Because of this focus, the museum has been renamed the Northern Pacific Railway Museum. The attempt is being made to recreate the ambience of the 1930 Northern Pacific Railroad. The depot has been restored to its early appearance and gives an opportunity for the visitor to view many aspects of early railroad transportation. Its many artifacts help to demonstrate the importance of railroad transportation to the development of our community and the entire Western United States.
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Dates and Hours of Operation: Open May 1 through October 15: Thursday to Saturday, 10AM to 4 PM or by appointment--call Doug at (509) 854-4159. Winter hours November through April by special arrangement and see schedule for special events. All operations are now at the depot with caboose rides offered with special events. The museum is also available for birthday parties in a caboose, wedding rehearsal dinners, and group tours. Call Mary O'Dell for special events at (509) 877-3894.
Location: 10 South Asotin Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948. Follow this link for a map of Toppenish
Virtual Tour: A virtual tour is offered.