If you or someone in your family is obsessed with trains, you've found the right article. Western Washington has no shortage of awesome scenic train rides featuring vintage locomotives and rolling stock.
Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum, Elbe WA
This heritage railroad is a great place to see a steam locomotive in action. Just 70 miles south of Seattle, The Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum offers visitors a two hour journey through the scenic, wooded areas south of Mount Rainier National Park with mountain views and a trestle crossing over the Nisqually River. The train travels almost 15 miles from Elbe to Mineral where visitors can get a up close look at vintage locomotives and antique logging equipment from our states long lumberjack history. Keep an eye out for special seasonal trains like the Pumpkin Patch Express, Polar Express and wine and beer trains.
Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie WA
About 30 miles from downtown Seattle, The Northwest Railway Museum and scenic railroad offers regular excursions from North Bend to Snoqulamie Falls with stops at historic depots and their Railway History Center, which is filled with an impressive collection of locomotives, freight cars and other railway artifacts. A must for railroad history buffs. The Northwest Railway Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1957 with trains running every weekend April through October with special Halloween, Christmas, Beer and wine tasting trains. The Historic Snoqualmie Depot is open everyday and is free to enter.
Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum
This non-profit scenic railway is about 30 miles south of Olympia and offers visitors a multitude of themed train rides. Including: Murder Mystery trains, Dinner Trains, Fathers' Day Rides, Mothers' Day Rides, Easter Eggspress (get it?), Valentines' Sweetheart Train and many others. The Chehalis Centralia Railroad also offers private excursions with optional dinner service. Their 1920's era dining car features white linen tablecloths and fine china, perfect for an upscale meal with friends, family and loved ones... on wheels! Regular rides are about two hours long and parking at the depot is free.