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History Cafe: Seattle Railroads

This month we will look at the development of railroads in the Northwest and their ties to Seattle’s fortunes and misfortunes, with presenters from the Northwest Railway Museum and the King Street Station Restoration.

About History Cafe
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the MOHAI Cafe at the Museum of History & Industry's new location in Lake Union Park for lively a discussion about history. Each cafe features a different topic, and invites history enthusiasts to come together and share what you know. Grab a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and enjoy learning about the past!

Please note: History Cafe is a free program, but if you wish to visit the MOHAI galleries, you must pay museum admission (galleries close at 8 pm).

This event series is brought to you by MOHAI, KCTS 9, The Seattle Public Library, and

RSVPs: Seating at History Cafe is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your RSVP gives us an idea of how many people are coming, but does not guarantee you a seat, so we encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes early. If an event is full on Meetup, you may still come.
Parking: After 6 pm, numerous lots near Lake Union Park offer free parking. Look for parking lots off Fairview Ave, Westlake Ave, or Valley Street, or take the South Lake Union Streetcar from downtown Seattle.

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  • Patrick E.

    Very informitive talk on the King Street Station. Maybe in a future meeting the topic can be train travel, past, present, and future.

    January 18, 2014

  • Johannes E.

    for rail enthusiats, I just found a great open project to map all the world's railways:

    In most european countries (germany, switzerland) you show max speeds for rail segments and even individual signals!
    this made my day. since it's openstreetmap, anybody can contribute.

    January 18, 2014

  • Mary

    It was a lot of info for just an hour, but obviously a popular topic - maybe another, more focused presentation next time (like coal trains?)

    January 17, 2014

  • Marie M.

    The first speaker, as certainly as knowledgeable as he is, was too fast with too much information in too short a period of time, plus he got his century's mixed up a few times. The second speaker was fun and interesting. I would give him alone five stars. I can't wait to see the King Street Station.

    January 17, 2014

  • Johannes E.

    Great history cafe. Second speaker told touching story about the king street restauration. First speaker was well informed but needed more maps and such.

    January 17, 2014

  • Allan A.

    My first History Cafe. I found it all fascinating, especially the second half on the King Street Station restoration.

    January 17, 2014

  • Mike H.

    I was disappointed in the first speaker. He tried to cram too much in too short of a time period. Speaking skills were not the greatest. The portion on the King Street Station was very good.

    January 17, 2014

  • Amy

    FYI: There's also a big, annual (40th year) model train show at the Pacific Science Center this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. They'll also have an IMAX train movie, too.

    January 15, 2014

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