The Issaquah Valley Trolley arrives at the historic Issaquah Depot. Art by J. Craig Thorpe, transportation artist.
In preparation for the 2016 summer season, the Issaquah Valley Trolley (IVT) group is hosting an open house for potential volunteers on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the historic Issaquah Depot (78 1st Ave. NE). The trolley program has opportunities for everyone who loves vintage streetcars.
Those who attend the open house can learn about the trolley program and speak to current motormen, conductors, platform agents, ticket agents and maintainers. Additional help is needed for all these positions and training is provided.
The trolley will go into summer service on Saturday, May 7, continuing through the end of September. During that time the car will depart the Depot on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year the trolley will be able to travel the entire length of track from the Depot to NW Gilman Blvd.
IVT operates car #519, which was built in 1925 and originally ran in Lisbon, Portugal. It was rebuilt by the GOMACO Trolley Company of Ida Grove, Iowa, in 2012.
A project of the Issaquah History Museums, IVT’s mission is to help interpret the history of Issaquah and to attract visitors to the Depot and Gilman Town Hall museums and to the Olde Town section of the city.
For more information about the open house or to learn about volunteer opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425/392-1821.