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January 29, 2005
Archive: 1/29/2005 #5
gjohnsen @ 12:04 am

In March of 2005 representatives of the City of Yakima will go to Washington D.C. to lobby Senator Patty Murray for funding to purchase the Carbarn site. We will be planning a messaging campaign to let Senator Murray know how important this project is.

Archive: 1/29/2005 #4
gjohnsen @ 12:03 am

In summer of 2004 all of the doors on the Carbarn were made operable with a grant of money from the City of Yakima. Trolleys can now exit the barn out of the North door for the first time in many years. The other doors are properly balanced and much easier to open.

Archive: 1/29/2005 #3
gjohnsen @ 12:02 am

Thanks to help from Michael Moen, Wes Morris, and Alvie Maxie the water and sewer lines to the powerhouse were installed during the summer of 2004. This will enable completion of the restored public restroom. Carpentry work and electrical wiring are the next steps in this project.

The bathroom was featured in a KAAP TV segment by Aimee Martin. She interviewed Gregory and Ken Johnsen about the bathroom and Andy Gautrey about traveling to see the YVT. Andy and Petrina Buss were in Yakima this summer to get photos and dimensions for Andy’s YVT model train layout back in England.

Archive: 1/29/2005 #2
gjohnsen @ 12:01 am

Looking for a way to support the trolleys? Interested in new ways to advertise your business, church, sport, etc.? We are now selling “Car Card” advertisements inside the trolleys. We will custom design an 11 by 17 inch color sign for you using your logo, artwork, or other graphics. Send $150 for the first year, along with logos and a sketch of how you would like the sign to look, to Ken Johnsen, Secretary, P.O. Box 161, Renton WA 98057-0161. Subsequent years after the first cost $100.

Archive: 1/29/2005 #1
gjohnsen @ 12:00 am

Larry Rice and Art Grupe restored the McKee waiting station inside the powerhouse. Dean Rosenkrantz donated authentic shingles for the roof. Paul Edmondson, Larry Perrigo, and Ryan Cooper nailed the shingles to the roof. Ken and Gregory Johnsen have provided paint and stencils for the next part of the restoration process.

The McKee station is literally the last remaining intact station of the YVT railroad. It was used on the Speyers Line north of Selah until the line was abandoned in 1942. It then became a chicken coop on the Goodlander farm in Selah. Ken Johnsen and Bob Lince persuaded Mr. Goodlander to donate the station to the Yakima Valley Museum. After storing the station for many years the YVM decided to give it to the Yakima Trolleys. It was nearly lost when a snowstorm crushed the metal building in which it was stored. Denny Croston, Jerry Henderson, and Ken Johnsen saved it from oblivion and moved it into the powerhouse.