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November 1, 2002
Archive: 11/1/2002 #5
gjohnsen @ 12:04 am

YVT will not be operating Christmas Trolley runs this year. The trolleys available for Christmas runs this year are open platform and not heated, making it difficult for riders and motormen to stay comfortable. Next year one of the heated Master Units should be available.

Archive: 11/1/2002 #4
gjohnsen @ 12:03 am

A plan crafted by Gregory Johnsen for the restoration of the restroom in the Substation was approved by the YVT Board of Directors. The City of Yakima has pledged trolley funds for this project. It should be completed before next operating season and will offer visitors the use of a nice, but historically accurate restroom.

Archive: 11/1/2002 #3
gjohnsen @ 12:02 am

Thanks to good newspaper and TV publicity, ridership was up in 2002 and the trolleys ended the year with a positive cash balance for the first time in many years.  Members Joe Reif and Eric Brandhagen put in many hours during the summer, both as motormen for the public runs, and as maintenance of way crews to keep the line in operation. President Jerry Henderson also put in many hours of dedicated service to make the season a success.

Archive: 11/1/2002 #2
gjohnsen @ 12:01 am

Yakima Trolleys were visited this year by people from around the country and the world.  Most distant visitors were Petrina and Andy Gautry from Great Britain. Andy has become a new member of YVT and has built some exquisite HO models of YVT locomotives.

Archive: 11/1/2002 #1
gjohnsen @ 12:00 am

YVT in cyberspace??? You bet!  Tim Muir of Oregon has created a YVT #298 steeplecab for use on Microsoft Train Simulator. With Tim’s permission it is being added to the Yakima Valley Trolleys website so that users of Train Simulator can download it for their virtual railroads.  Webmaster Gregory Johnsen is working on a YVT route to add to Train Simulator.