Lake Whatcom Railway

The Lake Whatcom Railway is located north of Seattle, near Bellingham. They are located 10 miles north of Sedro Woolley on State Highway 9 in the town of Wickersham.

These pages include photos from an August 2000 visit that Brian Fritz took. They have an interesting variety of equipment in storage and their passenger cars are former Northern Pacific.

Trains are powered by an Alco S-1 purchased from the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. The Alco was built in 1941 for the Northern Pacific Terminal Company.

Track is a former Northern Pacific Railway branchline and is about 3.5 miles long.

The railway and collection are owned by Frank Culp and trains are staffed by friends and supporters.

Most years, the Lake Whatcom starts regular operations on the first weekend of July. They then operate until the end of August. They usually have holiday and \"Christmas\" trains. Call them to find out what their schedule for this year is.

During the summer, trains depart from Wickersham on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 12 noon. Fares are $18 for adults, and $9 for children.

The phone number is: 360-595-2218

Lake Whatcom Railway
P.O. Box 91
Acme, WA 98220

Locomotive 1070

Lake Whatcom is also the home of former Northern Pacific 0-6-0 #1070. The #1070 is static and is stored inside a building.

Number 1070 was built for the NP by Alco at Manchester in February of 1907. The number on the builders plate is: 41879. Originally a coal burner, it was converted to burn oil by the NP. It was sold to Simpson Timber Co. at McCleary WA in 1958, then to a private party in 1959, and sold again to it\'s present owners in 1962. It was briefly operated at Snoqualmie during their formative years, and then operated at Lake Whatcom well into the 1990s.