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Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

​Making a World-Class Railroad Archive

PNRA's Vision:  Promote world-wide access to Pacific Northwest railroad heritage.

Our Mission:  Provide a permanent institution for the preservation of railroad records from the greater Pacific Northwest area and make them accessible over the Internet.

Preserve Railroad Collections which need a new home, but the owners or their families don't know of PNRA and our preservation mission. It is critical that they be advised before the collections are discarded. If you know of such a collection, please contact PNRA.

Volunteer on a work crew which meets for sessions each Tuesday or Wednesday during the day, the first & third Thursday evening or the second and fourth Saturday during the day.

Contribute funds to help cover PNRA's operating costs by mail or Contribute Online Here to become a Friend of PNRA and support the Archive.

Tuesday Crew at Work


Work Crews Make It Happen

Members of the Tuesday and Wednesday crews meet from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PMeach week. On the first and third Thursday evenings each month, a crew meets from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. The Saturday crew meets the second and forth week of each month fro 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The crew members sort, scan and catalog historic documents, map and drawing from the collections of our member-Railroad Heritage Organizations that formed PNRA in 2009. When the scanning and cataloging is complete, the material is posted on one othe web sites listed above.

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PNRA Facility


Archive Location

425 SW 153rd Street
Burien, Washington, 98166

If you are mailing a package, please address it to:

PNRA c/o Water District 49
415 SW 153rd Street
Burien, WA 98166 

Become A Friends of PNRA

Friends of PNRA are people who support the formation of a railroad history archive in western Washington and assist PNRA in meeting the goal of becoming a world-class archive for  preservation of railroad history.

Benefits for Friends of PNRA

  • Quarterly updates on PNRA activity through issues of the Northwest News newsletter.
  • Priority access to products as they become available from archive collections.
  • Early notice of opportunities to participate in helping PNRA reach preservation goals.
  • Recognition as a person who supports the preservation of railroad history on our website and in our publications.

Becoming a Friend of PNRA

We invite you to become a Friend of PNRA by submitting the information below and providing a donation to support PNRA which is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.






Buy & Sell on eBay for PNRA

You can support PNRA when you buy and sell on eBay through the eBay Giving Works program. Here's how. Click Here to visit eBay's PNRA home page and Log into your eBay account. Click the phrase, "Add to Favorites" in the upper right hand corner. That is all there is to it. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see any items currently for sale on eBay that a portion of the proceeds benefit the PNRA.

Feel free to share the PNRA link on any social media site you use, with any potential donor. Once transactions are completed the funds are transferred to the PNRA to help our efforts to preserve the heritage of the railroads that served the northern-tier of the United States. Here is your chance to use eBay to sell your items and also support the work of the PNRA at the same time.

When you sell an item and select the PNRA as your Giving Works participant, the percentage you chose to donate is also used to reduce your eBay listing fees if the item sells. eBay Giving Works tracks your donations and provides the necessary paperwork for tax deduction purposes.

We hope you will consider doing this next time you have something to buy or sell on eBay.