October 8 AAWA meeting in Bellingham

RSVPs needed for this meeting’s luncheon no later than Monday, October 3!
Fellow Passenger Rail Advocates,
RSVPs are needed for our October 8 Bellingham meeting. The good folks at Western WA University need RSVPs! A very good meal (cost $17) is planned and the people at WWU’s Viking Union need to know how much food to prepare.
Some travel info. For those of you from most of King County and north: Travel to/from Bellingham’s Fairhaven Station by Amtrak works for our meeting. Take northbound Train 510, departing King Street at 7:45 AM. You can return on southbound Train 517, departing Bellingham’s Fairhaven station at 7:37 PM. Good transit bus service can take you to/from Fairhaven Station and the WWU campus. It is possible some locals might be able to carpool you to/from, but we’ll have more complete bus info, maps of WWU campus, etc. in a few days.
For us south of King county, Amtrak schedules only work if one is able to stay two nights. But whether to Bellingham by train, bus, or private vehicle, please RSVP to Lloyd right away!
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AAWA August 13 picnic meeting in Lacey

August 13: All Aboard Washington picnic meeting from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Rainier Vista Community Park, 5475 45th Ave SE (corner of 45th SE and Ruddell Road), Lacey. We’ll provide the burgers, hot dogs, condiments and beverages. You are invited to bring a potluck item. Donations will also be accepted. It’s a time for fun and good discussion. Our featured speaker will be Jason Biggs, WSDOT’s Rail Operations Program Manager. Use the Cascades or Coast Starlight to the meeting. Car shuttles will be provided from the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak Station.

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Blaine Station Stop – Final Report

The students at Western Washington University in Bellingham have finalized their analysis of the proposal to add an Amtrak Cascades stop in Blaine. A Blaine stop offers the potential to add thousands of Cascades riders a year as the nearly one million people in British Columbia living south of the Fraser River would have better access to the trains.



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A tribute to Jim Fredrickson, railroader, historian, photographer

Jim Fredrickson, a career telegrapher, dispatcher and transportation assistant for Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads; a friend to many; and a long time All Aboard Washington member passed away April 15, 2016 at 89. Among his many passions were Northwest railroad history and photography. Here is Carl Fowler’s moving tribute to Jim:

The wonderful railroad photographer, dispatcher, trainmaster, historian and writer Jim Fredrickson passed on to an eternal ride on the NORTH COAST LIMITED late last week. He was 89. I knew Jim not only as a railroader, but also as a tour director and friend. Throughout the 1990s and into the first decade of the new century, Jim honored me by escorting rail tours all over the United States and Canada for my tour company, Rail Travel Center and much more by his friendship and boundless kindness. I treasure his inscription in my copy of his 2000 book Railroad Shutterbug, “To Carl and Dixie (my wife) with thanks for keeping me on the rails”.

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Northwest Rail Advocates hear about improvements that will provide better passenger rail services

Just over one hundred people attended the March 5 Northwest Rail Advocates conference in Tukwila. We heard about construction of the California High Speed Rail project, the infrastructure work in Washington State that will allow expanded Amtrak Cascades service and make it more reliable, how a Cascades stop in Blaine could boost ridership and more.

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All Aboard Washington honors Sound Transit’s Joni Earl

All Aboard Washington presented its Tom Martin Award to Joni Earl, Sound Transit’s retiring CEO, at the March 5 Northwest Rail Advocates conference in Tukwila. The award was presented by Harvey Bowen, a Vice President of All Aboard Washington and a NARP Council of Representatives member for Washington State. Here is Harvey’s presentation:

“The Tom Martin award is named for the late Tom Martin, a civil engineer and founding member of All Aboard Washington’s predecessor organization, The Washington Association of Railroad Passengers. He was an active member and strong supporter of passenger rail service, and many of our earliest meetings were at his home. When he passed away he bequeathed part of his estate to our organization. All Aboard Washington continues to honor Tom’s many years of service and his generous contribution through his name on the Tom Martin Award, which recognizes contributions to Passenger Rail services in Washington State.


(Pictured with Joni Earl are Harvey Bowen, left, AAWA VP, and her husband Charlie.)

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