Cascade Rail Foundation
Preservation Groups, Rail Enthusiast Groups
South Cle Elum Railyard
801 Milwaukee Road
PO Box 795
South Cle Elum, WA 98943
United States
Meeting Frequency
Monthly board meeting
Meeting Days
2nd Saturday of month
Meeting Times
Usually 3 p.m.
The Cascade Rail Foundation is a non-profit group in the state of Washington that was founded in 1999 as the Friends of the South Cle Elum Depot. Our goal is to preserve the site of the Milwaukee Railroad in South Cle Elum and to tell the story of the Milwaukee’s electrification and route through Washington and the Cascade mountains.

Washington State Parks and Recreation is the owner of the 12 acre site. It is situated on the John Wayne Trail which runs the length of the 110 mile long Iron Horse State Park, the original rail bed of the Milwaukee Railroad. The site consists of the railyard, the depot, built in 1909, and the substation that was completed in 1920. Still standing but in private ownership are the three operators bungalows.

We have worked with Washington State Parks for six years to rehabilitate the Milwaukee RR Depot in South Cle Elum and now have a beautifully restored depot, built in 1909, with a developing interpretive center and a fully operational "Beanery", the Depot Cafe.

A 2200 foot, 18 stop, ADA accessible interpretive trail through the railyard was completed in 2006 to help tell the story of the site. Our long term goals are to restore the brick substation into a full railroad museum to continue to tell the story. We also plan to acquire and display significant pieces of rolling stock as they become available.

We also have an HO gauge modular layout that travels to various events throughout the state that models the South Cle Elum site and the long gone snow sheds along Lake Kecheelus, near the summit of Snoqualmie Pass. It includes completed scale models of the substation and depot with plans for the bungalows.

A complete copy of our strategic plan is available for download from our website as well as news and archived photos of our efforts through the years.
Take exit 84 off of east or west bound I-90. Head south at the light on South Cle Elum Way, go right on Madison, left on 6th and right on Milwaukee Road,following the signs to Iron Horse State Park/ South Cle Elum Railyard National Historic District/ Depot Cafe.
Contact Information
All contact information is available from our website
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