City Council OKs trolley restoration contract

November 22, 2011

By Staff

City Council members put an oft-delayed project back on track Nov. 7 and awarded the contract to refurbish a vintage trolley to Gomaco Trolley Co.

The council awarded the trolley restoration contract to Mukilteo-based Advanced Construction in March, but the company defaulted on the contract. The city then negotiated a settlement to release Advanced Construction and select the next-lowest bidder for the restoration project.

The council authorized $744,700 for the trolley project. The most recent contract calls for Gomaco Trolley Co. — based in Ida Grove, Iowa — to rehabilitate the Lisbon No. 519 trolley car.

The nonprofit Issaquah Valley Trolley Project is spearheading the restoration. The city oversees and administers the grant dollars used to fund the trolley project. Issaquah also owns the railroad corridor.

The expected work on the car includes rehabilitation to the brakes, electrical system and structural components, plus transportation to and from the contractor’s facility to the historic Issaquah Train Depot.

In late spring, crews from Lakebay-based Coast Rail started the process to rehabilitate downtown railroad tracks for the trolley.

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