Trolley open house is July 23

July 16, 2013

By Staff

There will be an Issaquah Valley Trolley open house July 23 to inform the public about future trolley service in Issaquah and volunteer opportunities for everyone who loves vintage streetcars.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The event is free.

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23. By David Johnson

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23.
By David Johnson

The open house will feature displays and videos about car No. 519 and the history of the trolley project, as well as speakers and a question-and-answer session, according to a press release from IVT, an all-volunteer operation.

Those who attend the open house can learn about how to become motormen, conductors and station agents (platform managers). Help is also needed for maintaining equipment, fundraising, event planning and more. Volunteer training will start this fall.

The trolley is scheduled to go into service Aug. 10. A celebration will take place at 11 a.m. and rides for the public will start at 1 p.m. Once in regular operation, the car will depart from the depot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer and fall.

Car No. 519 was built in 1925 and originally ran in Lisbon, Portugal. It was rebuilt by the Gomaco Trolley Co., of Ida Grove, Iowa, a year ago.

A project of the Issaquah History Museums, IVT’s mission is to help interpret the history of Issaquah and attract visitors to the depot, Gilman Town Hall museums and Olde Town section of the city.

Learn more about the open house or about volunteer opportunities by emailing trolley@issaquahhistory.org or calling 391-8186.

 

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