Yakima Streetcar Charter

Friday, July 27, 2018

1:30 PM

Starts from Yakima Valley Trolley Museum

306 West Pine (corner of 3rd Avenue and West Pine)

Yakima, Washington 

The Tacoma Chapter- National Railway Historical Society is sponsoring a two-hour chartered streetcar ride on the lines of the former Yakima Valley Transportation Company (YVT).  As a charter, we will be able to experience features of the YVT not normally available to riders of regularly-scheduled service, including a tour of the historic car barn and electrical substation, photo stops and run-bys with scenic backdrops, and operation on all current trackage, including the Selah line and a remnant of the West Valley line on Pine Street.

Except for a small trolley freight line in Iowa, YVT is the only operating small city trolley/interurban line left in America.  Opened in 1907, it carried passengers and freight until 1947, when it became freight-only but continued to haul trains with electric locomotives powered from overhead wires.  Seasonal streetcar service began in 1974, and freight operations were abandoned in 1985 when the YVT was donated to the City of Yakima.  A small group of dedicated volunteers has kept the YVT alive since then as a tourist railway and historical landmark.      

Join us for a fun afternoon in Yakima.  The fare for this chartered excursion is only $25, payable on board.  Please let us know you are coming so we can get an accurate head count; e-mail Mike Bergman at mikebergman@q.com or call him at 206-445-5868.





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