127 S. Mission St., Wenatchee

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Great Northern Railway Diorama

From the earliest days of settlement, Wenatchee’s future depended on transportation in and out of the valley. The Great Northern Railway arrived in 1892, connecting the Wenatchee Valley to the rest of the U.S. Our coin-operated HO-gauge diorama re-creates several historic routes over the Cascade Mountains and sends a model train chugging along the tracks, over trestles, and through two historic tunnels. The display includes artifacts and information on the 1910 Wellington Avalanche – one of the worst railroad disasters in US history – and the 1974 Malaga Appleyard explosion. A nearby depot waiting room and telegraph office complete the exhibit.