Northern Pacific Railway Museum
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 in 1989.
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.
The Northern Pacific Railway Museum is open seasonally May 1 to October 12 and again for Toy Train Christmas. Please check their website for specific dates and hours.