Issaquah trolley project experiences milestones, setbacks

August 14, 2012

By Staff

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

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