Saturday, June 22, 2013

Yakima Trolley Centennial

On Friday, June 21, the Yakima Trolley made its centennial run to Selah. Only dignitaries could ride the trolley yesterday, but today the trolley was open to the public. The trolley last made a run to Selah 8 years ago due to the theft of overhead wiring.
Our ticket.
Our conductor dressed up as the mayor of Yakima when the trolley made its first run on June 21, 1913. The Yakima trolley is the nation's last turn-of-the-20th-century interurban electric railway.
The mahogany woodwork is beautiful.
The cord is attached to a bell that lets the conductor know when you want to get off. For the centennial run, the trolley did not make any stops, but we were told that the city of Yakima plans to use the trolleys again in the future.
The back of the seat switches to the other side of the bench seat so we could face forward going both directions.
Leather strap handles should you be unlucky enough to not get a seat.
I just loved the old advertising signs.
Our conductor was a little "whistle happy" and the whistle/horn was very loud. Many of us (myself included) had our ears covered for the 1.5 hour ride.
The conductor stops the trolley over the Yakima river to collect tickets. If you do not have one, you have to get out here.