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Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

​​​​​​PNRA Annual Membership Meeting

Each November we hold PNRA's Annual Membership Meeting at the Archive which is preceded by a Pizza Supper to celebrate our Friends of PNRA. Our Friends volunteer their time to work at the Archive, or Contribute Funds to help cover PNRA's operating costs. If you have 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. This year the Pizza Celebration will be on November 9th starting at 6:00 PM and followed by PNRA's Annual Membership Meeting and Quarterly Board Meeting. All Friends of PNRA are invited to attend!!

Support PNRA

Our Friends power the Archive and allow us to fulfill our mission of providing a facility to preserve the region's railroad history and make that history accessible to everyone over the internet. There are two ways you can become a Friend of PNRA:

  • Join a work crew at one of regularly scheduled weekly sessions. Send us an email and we will get you started working on a collection that interests you.
  • Contribute funds each year to help cover PNRA's operating costs. Currently 212 contributors regularly support PNRA. You can Donate Now online to support PNRA.

James M. Fredrickson, Rest in Peace

Jim Fredrickson, master railroad photographer and historian passed JMF-DispatcherPhoto200.jpgaway April 15, 2016, at age 89 in Tacoma, Washington. Jim's memorial service was held May 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the rotunda of the Tacoma Union Station, the building that he was so instrumental rallying support for it to be saved and become a Federal Court House.

Jim started working for the Northern Pacific Railway (NP) in 1943 and retired from the its successor, the Burlington Northern in 1981. He educated the majority of fans of the NP with his significant photos taken from the early 1940s into the 21st century.

Jim wanted his substantial NP collection to go to the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA) which has an Archive in St. Paul, Minnesota. However, Jim requested that his collection be kept on the west-end of the railroad in the Puget Sound region. This generated the initial motivation to form PNRA as a place to preserve Jim's collection.

In 2005, a group of NPRHA members started working at Jim's home to catalog his collection. That initial work evolved into a group that met each Wednesday for a total of six years and cataloged 80% of the collection before it was moved to PNRA in 2012. That group continues to work each Wednesday at the Archive.

A summary of Jim's life was published in 2008 when he was honored at the annual NPRHA convention that was held in Tacoma that year. CLICK HERE to read the article.

​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.

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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-Railroad Heritage Organizations, and foundations.  

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.

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.

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.