GiveBIG Is April 18 through May 4, 2023​

​​​​https://www.pnrarchive.org/MiscPNRAImages/Give%20Big%20Logo%20for%20NL%202023.jpg     We thank the many Friends of PNRA who contributed nearly half of our individual contributions during last year's GiveBIG campaign, and encourage you to support the Archive again in these changing times. The funds from your contribution helps cover operating the Archives expenses. 

    We ask our Friends of PNRA (aka: members) for donations only once each year and your contribution during this GiveBIG campaign will renew your membership for 2023. Contributions can be made here by clicking Donate Now. That​ takes you to the PNRA page to make a secure credit card ​​​​​​​contribution. If you would rather contribute by check, mail it to the address at the right on this page. Either way, you will be a Friend of PNRA for 2023. ​

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: ​​
  • March 15, 2023* – PNRA favorite, Craig Thorpe is back via Zoom, discussing his newly released book “Railroads, Art, and American Life."
  • March 18, 2023 ​ Sante Fe Mini-Meet in-person at PNRA. This is the first event for this group since the pandemic and it will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a break for no host lunch. We are asking for a $10 attendance fee, however, Boeing club members can attendee for free. For more information and to sign up please contact Bill Messecar at Santefe-mail@comcast.net.
  • March 25, 2023 - Pennsylvania RR Tech & HS holding in-person mini-meet at PNRA.
  • March 29, 2023* - Chuck Soule will be sharing images from Northern Pacific Joint Facilities books, part of our permanent collection at PNRA.
  • April 12, 2023* - Mike Bergman will be presenting a program of interest
  • April 26, 2023* - Dr. Frank Scheer, Curator at the Railway Mail Service Library, Inc., in ​​Boyce, Virginia, which has a collection of primary-source documents and publications which facilitate research about mail transportation via Railway Post Offices (RPO). A short summary of Railway Mail Service functions in the Pacific Northwest will include research for a cover that was distributed in a RPO on the Northern Pacific Railway from Tacoma Washington, in recognition of that railroad's 150th anniversary of arrival in that city.
  • May 10, 2023* - Lowell Smith, of RailSmith Models will be showing off some of his latest N scale passenger cars.
  • May 25, 2023 - Will be a program on the Rail Camp internship program sponsored by NRHS
  • June 7, 2023* - Julie Rockwell, Archivist for the East Broad Top will share the story of developing and managing their archives and special collections program along with her team.
  • June 21, 2023* - Douglas Shearer, NP Toppenish Museum will update us on their projects.

  • 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 

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.