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October 2, 2012
Selah Line Restoration Project Featured in Herald-Republic
gjohnsen @ 4:34 pm

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported on the latest progress toward restoring operations on our Sixth Avenue / Selah line.

The article is viewable online here.

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

October 1, 2012
YVT News Clips: March 29, 2012
gjohnsen @ 6:32 pm

Please click here to see our trolley news clips from March 29, 2012.

May 11, 2010
Spring 2010 YVT Bulletin
Webmaster @ 8:29 pm

Click here to download the Spring 2010 YVT Bulletin (508 kb Adobe PDF file ). As always, thanks to Rich Wilkens for compiling it!

Look inside this issue for:

  • HO Scale YVT trains featured in Model Railroader magazine
  • Board of Directors election results
  • Latest accomplishments of our invaluable volunteers and donors
  • A fascinating historical piece on YVT’s Fairbanks-Morse gas car


April 14, 2010
Volunteers featured in the Herald-Republic
Webmaster @ 2:07 pm

The Yakima Valley Trolleys were featured today in the Yakima Herald-Republic. The article focuses on the passion and vision of our volunteers who work hard to keep Yakima’s historic trolleys running. It’s well worth reading the full story here (opens in a new window).

Our operation relies entirely on dedicated volunteers who donate their time. Without them Yakima–and the entire nation–would lose a true historic treasure. If you’d like to help, please consider:

  • Becoming a member. Some members join simply to show their support for the trolleys. Others join to become a part of our passionate team of volunteers.
  • Following us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
  • Making a secure online donation through Network for Good.


February 19, 2010
Man charged in 2005 theft of trolley wire
Webmaster @ 6:35 am

There are some new developments in the case of the theft of the Yakima Valley Trolleys’ historic overhead running wire. Read the full story in the Yakima Herald-Republic.

The loss of the overhead electrical wire necessitated use of a gas-powered motor-generator unit to traverse some parts of the historic YVT trackage. Our dedicated volunteers are committed to restoring the wire as part of our mission to preserve America’s last intact, early 20th Century interurban electric railway. Thanks to the support of The City of Yakima, Puget Sound Energy, Picatti Brothers Inc. and our outstanding volunteers, we hope to have this restoration complete soon.

The new overhead electrical system incorporates many anti-theft measures so that we can continue the important work of preserving Yakima’s historic, 103-year-old interurban electric railway.

2010 Summer operations along the Pine Street line will begin Memorial Day weekend.

January 21, 2010
Winter 2009-2010 YVT Bulletin
Webmaster @ 9:30 am

Click here to download the Winter 2009-2010 YVT Bulletin (573 kb Adobe PDF file ). As always, thanks to Rich Wilkens for compiling it!

Look inside this issue for:

  • Highlights of our two special event trolleys, both of which proved extremely popular
  • Appreciation of the contributions of two YVT supporters who recently passed away
  • An article about the historical role of the trolleys in providing transportation for special events in Yakima


November 29, 2009
Announcing the 2009 Santa Claus Trolley!
gjohnsen @ 7:03 pm

All aboard for the third annual Santa Claus Trolley in Yakima!

Please visit our Events page and scroll down to the bottom for details.

Summer-Fall 2009 YVT Bulletin
gjohnsen @ 6:28 pm

Click here to download the Summer-Fall 2009 YVT Bulletin (811 kb Adobe PDF file ). As always, thanks to Rich Wilkens for compiling it!

Look inside this issue for:

  • 2009 operating season ridership
  • Updates on the many projects our volunteers work on
  • Our first ever Halloween Trolley
  • Restoration of the YVT’s rare 1895 Pegram Truss bridge
  • Historic photos of the YVT


November 1, 2009
First Halloween Trolley a Spooky Success!
gjohnsen @ 1:02 pm

October 31, 2009 we held the first ever Halloween Trolley rides in Yakima! We’re not sure if it was our volunteers or the passengers who had the most fun.

Close to 300 passengers came to take part in an exciting, family-friendly Halloween activity. They were also helping to keep local history alive as 100% of revenue goes directly toward keeping trolleys rolling in Yakima.

Take a look at the photos from the event which we posted on our Facebook page (no Facebook account necessary to view the photos).

We’d also like to express our extraordinary gratitude to Wray’s Food & Drug for donating all 100 pumpkins for the event. Wray’s is a Yakima-owned grocer that believes strongly in supporting the Yakima community. We appreciate everything they do to support us and other community organizations in the area. Thanks, Wray’s!

If you missed the Halloween Trolley (or even if you didn’t) you’ll have to keep an eye on our Events page for details about the 2009 Santa Claus Trolley rides which have become an annual holiday tradition for many Yakima families.

May 7, 2009
Spring 2009 YVT Bulletin
gjohnsen @ 1:01 pm

Click here to download the Spring 2009 YVT Bulletin (Adobe PDF file ). Thanks to Rich Wilkens for compiling it!

This issue includes articles on the following subjects:

  • Selah Line overhead wire project
  • The 2008 Santa Trolley runs
  • The special presentation by President Ken Johnsen at the Yakima Women’s Century Club building and the work party the following day
  • An update on YVT #297 currently owned by Orange Empire
  • Motorman testing and recertification
  • Our new gift shop refrigerator and custom label bottled water
  • A few new additions to the YVT family