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Train excursions powered by a 1909 steam locomotive star in this weekend’s Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the passenger train service to the valley.

Steam locomotives hauled the first trains in the area on trips from Seattle to Snoqualmie Falls in 1889, and the recently acquired vintage steam locomotive makes its debut this weekend with train rides between Snoqualmie, North Bend and a scenic Snoqualmie Falls overlook. Advance tickets are available for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday excursions.

Railroad Days, first held in 1938, celebrates the town’s history as a railroad and logging town and the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe with entertainment, art, timber sports and kids’ activities. Train rides throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday start at 11 a.m. each day, with Arts in the Park vendors and art demonstrations, entertainment, food vendors and wine and beer gardens starting at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday events include a pancake breakfast, fun run, free wagon rides from noon to 3 p.m., Plein-air Paint Out from 9 to 3 p.m., Timber Sports shows at 1 and 3:30 p.m. and the 11 a.m. Grand Parade.

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Sunday includes the Legends Car Show and a new feature this year: hands-on history demonstrations between Railroad Park and the historic depot. A model train show at the American Legion Hall and Children’s “field of fun” activities are among activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Snoqualmie Depot, a Victorian-style structure built in 1890 in Snoqualmie’s historic downtown, is home to Northwest Railway Museum, open year around and hosting vintage train excursions weekends through October. The new steam locomotive, though, will only be appearing on special occasions after its debut this weekend at Railroad Days.

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