The Issaquah Trolley is officially back, and it's a beauty.
It rolled off the truck and onto the tracks about 9:30 this morning, Aug. 23, with a dozen or so volunteers and well-wishers on hand to record the event.
It will be at the in a little while, and then the work begins. Issaquah History Museums are looking for a few good volunteers to help keep the newly refurbished trolley and the motor that powers it, in good working order.
It has been 11 years since IVT last ran a trolley in Issaquah. The museum bought the "new" engine a wheelchair lift and can seat about 24 people at a time.
The car's first weekend in town will be dedicated to testing and training. Crew and maintenance training will continue through September and the public will be invited to ride, starting October 14.
IVT continues to recruit volunteers. Especially needed are those with mechanical ability and an interest in keeping the power car operational. Motormen, conductors and ticket takers are also needed, as are those who would simply like to help in any way they can. To get involved, contact email@example.com or call 425-391-8186.
For those interested, there are trainings coming up this weekend:
Motorman Trainer Training
Saturday, Aug. 25
Issaquah Depot Museum Our experienced motormen will learn the techniques of driving the #519. In turn, they will train our new motormen during the fall. Those who plan to become motormen are welcome to sit in on this session and learn about the #519 from Gomaco's John Tarr.
Sunday, Aug. 26
Issaquah Depot Museum Our volunteer mechanics won't want to miss this opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the #519 from John Tarr, one of the Gomaco staff members who rebuilt the car.
--Information from staff reports and from the Issaquah History Museums