GiveBIG Day Is May 4 - 5, 2021

This is PNRA's eighth year of participation in GiveBIG which generates significant funds to support the Archive's mission of: Preserving the history of the Pacific Northwest railroads and making it available over the internet.

We thank the many Friends of PNRA who contributed nearly half of our budgeted contributions during last year's GiveBIG campaign and encourage you to support the Archive again in 2021. We ask for donations from each of our Friends of PNRA (aka: members) only once each year, so if you contribute during GiveBIG, you will not be asked again until next year.

Contributions can be made easily here by clicking Donate Now making your donation securely using a credit card from April 20th through May 5th and have it counted as a GiveBIG donation. If you would rather contribute by check, mail it to the address at the right-side of this page. ​

​Work Sessions have Restarted at the Archive with​​ a Limited number of Volunteers per Floor​. Stay in Touch by Joining our ​​Next Zoom Meeting 4/21​!!

Many PNRA volunteers are productively working on Archive projects from their homes mainly using material provided digitally. Now that King and Snohomish counties are in Covid Phase 3 protocol, we started weekly work crew sessions at the Archive on Tuesdays and Saturdays with masks and social distancing. The sessions are for those whose projects require them to work at the Archive and are limited to four volunteers on the main and lower floors. If you would like to join one of the crews, start working at your home, or ZOOMing, please email info@PNRArchive.org

As the Covid guidelines are subject to change, we continue to evaluate our actions. 

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. 

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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: info@PNRArchive.org, 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.