Issaquah trolley rolls Sunday
October 12, 2012 · 9:54 AM
The Issaquah Valley Trolley is called #519, but it’s the only trolley in Issaquah. And, after 10 years of planning, procuring a grant, and restoration, the trolley will have a soft opening Sunday.
The festivities will start at 1 p.m. at the historic train depot, 150 1st Ave. NE.
Jean Cerar, the chair of the Issaquah Valley Trolley, said the project came about due to the work of the group that restored the historic depot. The trolley group acquired the trolley from the city of Aspen, Colo., which had acquired it from Lisbon, Portugal, where it was originally used.
Cerar said the trolley needed total refurbishment, so with a federal grant managed by the city, and matching funds from the Issaquah Valley Trolley group, the car trolley was sent to GOMACO Trolley in Iowa to be restored. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, all the of working gear is new and safe, Cerar said.
The route of the trolley starts at the depot and goes north approximately half a mile before returning.
The trolley will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays as long as the weather permits. The Issaquah Valley Trolley group is asking $2 per person to help offset operating cost.
Cerar said when winter weather becomes an issue, the trolley will go into its trolley barn and resume operations in the spring. However, the organization may plan a holiday run.
A grander celebration will be held in the spring.