Issaquah trolley project experiences milestones, setbacks
August 14, 2012
Issaquah Valley Trolley Project organizers have experienced milestones and setbacks since spearheading the project to bring a historic trolley to Issaquah a dozen years ago.
- Philadelphia streetcar manufacturer J.G. Brill Co. builds trolleys.
- Issaquah History Museums — then the Issaquah Historical Society — members form a committee to explore trolley service.
- Yakima Valley Trolleys loans a car to the Issaquah group for 18 months. The trolley attracts more than 6,000 riders.
- Issaquah Valley Trolley organizers return the loaned trolley car to Yakima.
- Trolley organizers purchase a 1930s trolley car from San Francisco.
- Historic J.G. Brill Co. trolley car arrives from Aspen, Colo.
- The other J.G. Brill Co. trolley car arrives in Issaquah from Aspen.
- Organizers receive the trolley car purchased from San Francisco.
- The project receives a $200,000 appropriation in a federal transportation bill.
- City Council agrees to serve as certified acceptance agency for trolley restoration grant.
- City Council awards restoration contracts, but later negotiates a settlement after a contractor defaults.
- Crews restore downtown railroad track in preparation for trolley runs.
- City officials authorize Iowa-based Gomaco Trolley Co. to rehabilitate a trolley car.
- Historic trolley car departs Issaquah for Ida Grove, Iowa, for restoration.
- Restoration on the trolley car continues at Gomaco Trolley Co.
Sources: City of Issaquah, Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, The Issaquah Press archives