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Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

Annual Membership Zoom Meeting 11/4  7:00 PST 

PNRA's Annual Membership Meeting will be held Nov. 4, 2020, as a Zoom Meeting of our members, aka, Friends of PNRA. Our Friends volunteer their time at Archive work sessions, and contribute funds to help cover PNRA's operating costs. If you worked more than 30 hours or contributed $50 or more in the last twelve months, you are a Friend of PNRA and entitled to vote at our Annual Meeting.

Group Meetings at Archive​ Cancelled 10/11 to 11/8

Next Zoom Meeting 10/21. Email for Details.

We are monitoring the risk of the Covid19 virus each Sunday and have cancelled Meetings and Work Sessions at PNRA for the weeks listed.  Please watch this space for updates.  Many of our volunteers are now working on Archive Projects at their homes.  If you would like to start working at your home, please email

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 the families be advised before the collections are discarded. If you know of such a collection, please contact PNRA.
  • Five Research Websites are the Archive's Front Door: PNRA manages websites for each of our member-Rail Heritage Organizations (RHOs) that provide world-wide access to many of the collections preserved at the Archive. Links to those website are at the top of this page. 

You Can Support PNRA

Our Friends of PNRA power the Archive and allow us to fulfill our mission. We own and operate the facility for the benefit of the Pacific Northwest community and our member-Rail Heritage Organizations. You can be a part of fulfilling our mission by becoming a Friend of PNRA:

  • Join a Work Crew which meet regularly scheduled sessions each Tuesday and Wednesday and the second and fourth Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Contribute Funds each year to help cover PNRA's operating costs. We have over 200 contributors from all over the world that regularly support PNRA.  Contributions can be made easily at this web site by clicking this Do​nate Now link where you can make your donation securely using a credit card. If you would rather contribute by check, mail it to the address at the right-side of this page. 

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PNRA Facility


Archive Location

425 SW 153rd Street
Burien, Washington, 98166 
Driving Instructions

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

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

Thanks to Our Supporters

The Archive receives generous support from our Friends of PNRA, 4Culture of King County, our member-Rail Heritage Organizations, and foundations.  

Contact PNRA

You can reach the Archive by sending an email to:, calling us at 206-349-6242 or by US mail.  

Become A Friend 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 and making that history available to everyone on the internet.

Benefits for Friends of PNRA

  • Quarterly updates on PNRA activity through issues of the Northwest News newsletter.
  • Priority access to research sources 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.

Register as 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.