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Aerial images of Bellingham's beginnings.


Photos from The Bellingham Railway Museum's post


The trolly was spotted at the Cruise Terminal!


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

From Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA.


Whatcom Museum

We hope everyone is enjoying a safe 4th of July! This archive photo from 1892 shows a Fairhaven & New Whatcom trolley decked out in bunting, flags and cedar boughs for the holiday. The conductor can be seen holding a change maker.

Photographer unknown


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

More negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA

Permanent Closure Announcement | Bellingham Railway Museum

The Bellingham Railway Museum is now closed permanently to the public. Please see this letter for more information. We want to express thanks to all of the volunteers, visitors, and donors over the years. We will miss you.

June 2020 Dear Members and Museum Supporters, It is with deep sadness that I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Directors to inform you of our....


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

Negative scans of the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA. All are GNRHS photos.


Great Northern Railway Historical Society

These are part of the Walt Ainsworth Collection for the GNRHS at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive. All here are Joe Colias photos.


Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive

Latest negative scans from the Walt Ainsworth Collection at the PNRA.


No number caboose.

No number caboose!


Thought we would share some (shaky 😉) video of one of the Marx tin lithograph trains 🚂 in our collection. This one is special because it is printed on the inside too. This would happen if they made a mistake and instead of tossing the metal, they flipped it over to save materials.

We miss you all at the museum! We can't wait to open again.


Want to support your Bellingham Railway Museum? Purchase an eGift card for admission to use at a later date! Help us protect the cultural and historical resources so they are available to the community after this pandemic! Best Wishes! Stay well and stay home! ❤️

Admission eGift cards are now available to help support the Bellingham Railway Museum. Gift certificates.

Bellingham Railway Museum has eGift Cards available

A gift for tomorrow

We’d love to see you when things have settled down. Your support will help make that a reality! Send a digital gift card in any amount you choose to your friends, family, or yourself!

Thank you, we can’t wait to see you again,
Bellingham Railway Museum

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Membership | Bellingham Railway Museum

One way to support your museum during this crisis is to buy a membership today! Then you will be all ready when quarantine is lifted. Go to our website, pick your level of membership, and push the PayPal button. Easy peasy.

Thanks to all for your continued support!

Become a member of the Bellingham Railway Museum! The Bellingham Railway Museum is operated by dedicated volunteers and is funded by the generous support of the community. We would like....



In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Whatcom County, our Board of Directors together with the support of our Executive Director have decided to close the museum to the public until further notice. We take this situation very seriously and believe this is the best way we can protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors.
We will continue to monitor the latest developments and recommendations, and ask that you please continue to check our website for any updates.

In the meantime, we can all help by following the CDC’s steps to prevent illness. We thank you for your patience and continued support during this hard time. We send our best wishes to you and we hope to be able to see you at the museum again soon.

CLOSED March 17, 2020 until further notice

In the meantime, please enjoy these photos of a train wreck we had today.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Hours may vary during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors are advised to call ahead. Visitors are also advised to stay home if they are sick. We care about and want to protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. We have provided hand sanitizer for visitor use and have increased our sanitizing efforts. Thank you for your patience during this time! Please visit the CDC website for reliable health information during this time.


The museum will be closed today. Sorry for any inconvenience.


We apologize for the inconvenience but the museum will be closed today.



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