Where Rails Met Sails

G-scale railroad circuit

In 1873, Tacoma became the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad. As the railroad continued to grow and solidify its position within Tacoma commerce, the Northern Pacific began construction of an immense warehouse practically one mile long. Construction on the building finished in 1900, and became a grain transfer facility.

Sit inside a life-sized model of steam locomotive. Run trains along a to-scale model of the Tacoma Wharf. Learn about Tacoma Union Station. See the photographs of Jim Fredrickson, pictures of the Norther Pacific Railway in its heyday.

Where Rails Met Sails celebrates the Northern Pacific Railroad and its impact on not only Tacoma, but also the entire Puget Sound region.