Downtown Issaquah Valley Trolley starts service soon
October 8, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 2012
The long-planned Issaquah Valley Trolley is due to start service Oct. 14, as organizers start limited service after more than a decade of planning.
Issaquah Valley Trolley Project volunteers plan to host a dedication ceremony at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., at 1 p.m. and then start public rides. The last streetcar departs from the depot at 3 p.m.
The public can ride the streetcar during limited weekend service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. into November.
The streetcar runs from the depot to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek at Darigold, about a half-mile north.
Though the track extends to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, additional work is necessary to prepare the track to accommodate the trolley. North of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, crews removed the track to create the East Lake Sammamish Trail.
The restored streetcar, No. 519, received a massive upgrade in Iowa over the spring and summer, and returned to Issaquah in August.
Organizers hope to offer streetcar riders a sense of rail history. In the late 1800s and into the 20th century, the railroad played a vital role in establishing the city as a coal mining, lumber and farming center.
In 2001 and 2002, Issaquah Valley Trolley Project volunteers leased a trolley car from Yakima and offered weekend runs through Issaquah.