Priceless archive keeps the history of Pacific Northwest trains running

A unique partnership between five nonprofit groups devoted to Northwest railroad history means an incredible archive of priceless photos and documents is being preserved and made accessible in person and online from a location in Burien.

In the past year or so, the publicly owned National Archives in Seattle has often been at the center of attention as the facility faced a threat – now passed, thankfully – of possible closure and sale, and then relocation of its priceless contents.

Meanwhile, a broad and diverse “ecology” of private groups has continued to quietly preserve and share the raw materials of history in specific topic areas. Regardless of politics or

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