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May 18, 2006
Archive: 5/18/2006 #6
gjohnsen @ 12:05 am

The City of Yakima has received a $495,000 grant to complete the purchase of the carbarn property and make repairs to the carbarn and trolley system.  Ray Paolella and Bill Cook of the City of Yakima were instrumental in winning this award.

Archive: 5/18/2006 #5
gjohnsen @ 12:04 am

Major renovation to the Oporto trolleys has begun with the rebuilding of the controllers on car #1976 by Ed and Scott Neel.

Archive: 5/18/2006 #4
gjohnsen @ 12:03 am

The Pine Street Line will once again be operable thanks to the repair of the track switch at Sixth Avenue by Paul Edmondson, Ryan Cooper, Ed Neel and David Klingele.  Joe Rief and Eric Brandhagen are repairing the overhead wire on Pine Street.

Archive: 5/18/2006 #3
gjohnsen @ 12:02 am

Promoters of the William O. Douglas Trail and members of the YVT are teaming up for some special joint operations.  Former Supreme Court Chief Justice William O. Douglas as a boy used to hike along the YVT line to Selah Gap where he then struck off into the hills.  Some joint ride-and-hike events were held in the Fall of 2005 and another major one is planned for 2006.  Ken Johnsen, Larry Perrigo, and John Ainsworth helped shuttle high school students to the Gap by trolley on two of these events.

Archive: 5/18/2006 #2
gjohnsen @ 12:01 am

Thanks to a grant from Ken Johnsen the trolleys are once again an active member of the Yakima Visitors & Convention Bureau.  Two major Yakima conventions have already scheduled charters on the trolleys this summer:  The Washington State Bar Association and the American Vecturist Association.

Archive: 5/18/2006 #1
gjohnsen @ 12:00 am

Blickpunkt Strassenbahn, an organization of German trolley enthusiasts is flying to Washington State this summer to visit Yakima’s trolleys.  After their visit to Yakima, they will go by chartered bus to Portland and other West Coast trolley operations.