Reardan, WA

Inland Northwest Rail Museum Opens Friday, April 1

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Located at: 27300 Sprinkle Road N., Reardan, Washington (just 2 Miles West of Reardan on Highway 2) is The Inland Northwest Rail Museum. The Inland Northwest Rail Museum will open Friday, April 1, 2022, for business. This seasonal excursion is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on April 1, 2022, through December 11, 2022. Visitors can tour the museum, enjoy a 2-foot gauge train ride, tour a museum train, drive a spike, enjoy historical pictures, enjoy a gift shop, see model trains and walk among the train giants.

Admission is as follows:

0 to 5: Free

6 to 12: $6

Adults 13 and older: $10

Seniors: $8

Active and Retired Military: $8

How We Began

A group of railroad enthusiasts started their local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and called themselves the Inland Empire Railway Historical Society. The goal of this organization is to preserve the history of railroading for the Inland Northwest.

After years of hard work, they are proud of the museum that they’ve created. The major project started in 1970 as volunteers cleaned and painted a retired Union Pacific Locomotive number 3206 located in Highbridge Park, Spokane. This is the locomotive that was first moved to the Interstate Fairgrounds in 1978.

From that day forward, the group has worked and dedicated many man-hours to including nearly 30 rail cars and engines as well as a selection of railroad memorabilia and other items.

In 2014 they received an eviction notice from the Spokane Fairgrounds and had to move. They chose a parcel of land that is 30 acres just two miles west of Reardan for their new location.

A special thank you goes out to Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad or EWGR, which helped transport the collection to its new location by rail. A special crossing was installed on Sunset Highway to join a spur from a switch located off of the EWGR tracks onto the Reardan site.

Today, the line is now operated by Washington Eastern Railroad. The display tracks were completed in 2011. Work continued on the property through 2013 and there were numerous fundraisers to help fund the project.

Today, the visitors center allows visitors to visit rail cars, memorabilia, and more. A gift shop is also available for visitors to collect some fun memorabilia. Group events are also encouraged. Ideal as a location for birthday parties! This is a must-see for everyone young and old alike. A list of upcoming events is available on their website here.

Sources:

https://inlandnwrailmuseum.com/

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