History


The Eastside Rail Corridor began passenger service 125 years ago from Seattle to Snohomish via Woodinville on September 19th, 1888, when the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad ran its first trains out of Ballard on a route that is now the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Train service put Woodinville on the map and confirmed Snohomish’s role as the economic and cultural center of Snohomish County.

BNSF Freight service from Snohomish to Renton started XXX. The Woodinville to Snohomish freight service still continues with Community Railway but the Woodinville south to Renton was abandoned as freight rail in 2008.


The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train ran a successful business for 15 years up until 2008 serving more than 1.5 million passengers.

Today, the Eastside Rail Corridor still connects Woodinville and Snohomish with greater potential to come