PNRA holds many informative Zoom ​meetings to which everyone is welcome. Just email us for link.
These include Special Meetings and our Bi-weekly Zoom Meetings* held on alternate Wednesdays (from 1:00 to 3:00 pm PST) where we often have special guests and always share what we've been doing to preserve railroad history: 

  • January 18, 2023*Scott Lothes, Executive Director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin, will present CRPA operations.
  • January 21, 2023 – PNRA, NPRHA and Highline Heritage Museum will hold an in-person and Zoom presentation by Jack Christensen of ten of his most loved railroad paintings from 1:00 to 2:00 pm PST. This will be followed by the signing of his recently updated book “Tales of the Northern Pacific" and some of Jack's painting prints available that day. The signing will be held at Highline Heritage Museum in Burien and is a rare opportunity to have your book copies and painting prints personally autographed from 2:00 to 3:00 pm PST. The event is free and open to the public. Register Here
  • January 22, 2023 - PNRA will host world famous photographer, Victor Hand
    via Zoom at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern, as he shares his favorite images of the
    Pacific Northwest, from his collection at the Center for Railroad Photography &
      Register Here​​.
  • February 15, 2023*Adrienne Evans, Archivist at the Center for Railroad
    Photography & Art
     ​ will be discussing archival techniques used at CRPA via
  • March 1, 2023*Carl Fowler, President: CHF Rail Consulting LLC Presents:  "Colorado and the West: Standard Gauge Memories," a look at the state of passenger service on Rocky Mountain/Colorado mainlines from the mid-1960s to the 1990s via Zoom.
  • March 15, 2023* – PNRA favorite, Craig Thorpe is back via Zoom, discussing his newly released book “Railroads, Art, and American Life."
  • March 29, 2023* - Chuck Soule will be sharing images from Northern Pacific Joint Facilities books, part of our permanent collection at PNRA
  • Note: Dates followed by * are Bi-weekly Zoom Meetings.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Work sessions at PNRA are held every Tuesday and Saturday. 

Many PNRA volunteers are productively working on Archive projects from their homes mainly using material provided digitally. We also hold weekly crew work sessions at the Archive on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm with masks and social distancing as needed. The sessions are for those whose projects require them to work at the Archive. If you would like to join one of the crews or​ start working at your home, please email info@PNRArchive.org 

​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 Donate 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. 

Delivering 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. Email us at info@PNRArchive.org, if you see something you want to know more about.

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How to Reach PNRA


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 206-402-6519 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 yo​ur 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.