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Rail museum celebrates its one-year anniversary


August 17, 2017

--Courtesy photo.

A train engine on display on the grounds of the Northwest Rail Museum near Reardan. The museum is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its opening on August 27.

The Inland Northwest Rail Museum marks its first anniversary August 27 at its new location, a 30-acre site at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 231 South, two miles west of Reardan (25 miles west of Spokane). It's a dual celebration, as the museum not only marks one year being open, but also its 50th anniversary as a chartered member of the National Railroad Historical Society.

In keeping with the "50s" theme, the non-profit group will offer 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas and $5 admission (children under 5 free) on August 27 from 10 am-5 pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour inside six of a collection of over 30 rail cars at the site filled with memorabilia that were not available during the grand opening a year ago. Guests can reminisce as they tour the last Spokane Street Car in existence, view a dining car in it's original glory, play conductor in a caboose and tour additional cars loaded with artifacts from the heyday of railroad travel. To complete the experience, everyone will get a free ride on the group's two-foot-gauge train ride that circles the site and can watch the model train run throughout the displays.


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