“New” Issaquah Trolley enters service Sunday, October 14

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Jean Cerar October 5, 2012
425/392-1821 or trolley@issaquahhistory.org

“New” Issaquah Trolley Enters Service Sunday, October 14 After a decade of planning, the Issaquah Valley Trolley (IVT) will start limited weekend operations on Sunday, October 14, at the historic Issaquah Train Depot (150 1st Ave NE, Issaquah; take I-90 to Front Street exit; south to Sunset Way; left on Sunset; 1st left into the parking lot). At 1 p.m. there will be a short dedication ceremony followed by public rides with the last car leaving the depot at 3 p.m. As part of the Issaquah History Museums, the trolley puts wheels (literally) on the museums’ mission to help interpret Issaquah history. The railroad played a vital role in establishing the city as a coal mining, lumber and farming center. It served the community until the rails to Seattle were removed in the 1990s. This event is part of a full weekend of historical celebration. On Saturday October 13 Issaquah History Museums – the parent organization to IVT – will have its 40th anniversary party at the Depot. This is open to the public with festivities beginning at 11 a.m. In 2001 and 2002 IVT leased a trolley car from Yakima and offered weekend runs on the remaining tracks through Issaquah. When the trolley was returned to Yakima, IVT began a search for its own equipment. Car 519, a 4-wheel trolley car built in 1925 for Lisbon, Portugal, was eventually located in Aspen, CO and shipped to Issaquah in 2003. Over the past eight years, financial and administrative efforts led to the upgrading three quarters of the one mile of track and the rebuilding of the car by the GOMACO Trolley Company of Ida Grove, Iowa. The 519 returned at the end of August. The event on October 14 will be a “soft” opening, with a more formal celebration in the spring when the full summer season begins. Limited weekend service will be offered from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays into November. IVT is looking for volunteers to serve as conductors, operators, depot representatives, maintenance crew members and host of other positions. For information contact trolley@issaquahhistory.org.

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