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June 20 Trip to PSMRE in Tacoma

Attendees of the NMRA 4th Division Clinic will be traveling by train (of course) to the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers HO layout in the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

June 20 Trip to PSMRE in Tacoma
June 20 Trip to PSMRE in Tacoma

Time & Location

Jun 20, 2024, 9:10 AM – 8:10 PM PDT

Tacoma, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

About the event

The PSMRE model railroad is an HO-scale (1:87) model representing Tacoma, WA railroading in the 1950's. The 25' by 95' exhibit area provides a compressed view of local landmarks from Tacoma's Asarco Tunnel to Stampede Pass, and includes trackage and equipment from the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific and Milwaukee Road railroads. In addition to being a public display, the model is used as an operating forum for PSMRE members.

The plan is to take Amtrak train #517 in the morning all the way to Tacoma and return on train #518.

Currently the one-way fare is about $30 (from Bellingham), depending on where you board. Travel insurance is extra (cancellation protection, etc.).

Once we disembark in Tacoma, we will take Tacoma Light Rail (same station) directly to the museum.

Admission to the museum is $14; $11 for seniors (65+), and $10 for groups of 10 or more. The fare on Tacoma Light Rail is $1.00 each way.

It is strongly recommended and encouraged to purchase your Amtrak tickets in advance!

To buy your tickets online, go to: Buy Tickets | Amtrak Cascades. Caution: Be sure to make sure your departure location is correct (I booked my trip from Bellingham, forgetting that I am traveling to/from Mount Vernon – head slap!). Don’t forget your senior/military or whatever discount.

If interested in attending contact Al Carter, by email at: or leave a message at 425-577-1570.

Here is a link to the museum's page on the layout: PSMRE

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