All Aboard Washingtion Annual Membership Meeting is Nov. 14 in Centralia

All Aboard Washington’s 2015 annual membership meeting will be November 14 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the community room at the Centralia Amtrak Station.

IMG_4811We suggest lunch on your own before the meeting at the landmark McMenamins Olympic Club directly across Railroad Avenue from the station, or at another restaurant in downtown Centralia.

Kirk Fredrickson, WSDOT Rail Division, will be our featured speaker. Kirk is the Amtrak Cascades operations supervisor for the Rail Division.

There will also be an election for four positions on the AAWA board of directors. All AAWA members attending the meeting and current in their dues are eligible to vote.

We will have books donated by founding member Jim Neal and several other items available for purchase at the meeting.

Use our Cascades trains or the Coast Starlight to travel to and from the meeting.

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Join us for our next meeting on October 10

Join us for the All Aboard Washington board meeting on October 10 from noon-4:00 p.m. at Basil’s Kitchen, Embassy Suites Hotel, 15920 W. Valley Hwy, Tukwila. The Hotel is two blocks from the Tukwila Sounder/Amtrak station and is accessible from Link light rail by taking the RapidRide F bus towards Renton from the Tukwila International Blvd station.

Most of our time at this meeting will be used for continuing discussions of the SWOT analysis and to develop plans and goals for the next year and into the future. We will work in small groups and then come back together to present the ideas. All are welcome.

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All Aboard Washington’s Summer Fundraiser

All Aboard Washington’s summer fundraiser letter has been postal mailed to all our members. If you don’t want to wait for the letter to arrive and wish to make a contribution online now go to here.

Your donations and dues are All Aboard Washington’s primary source of funds. We appreciate all our members and their financial help.

We thank you.

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Next Meeting – August 8th at Lacey’s Rainier View Park

Fellow Passenger Rail Advocates,

We were very pleased to get confirmation from Mr. Jim Mathews, the new President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, that he will be making a special trip from Washington DC to OUR Washington to meet and speak with us at All Aboard Washington’s Annual Picnic Meeting on Saturday August 8. Jim is a enthusiastic speaker, and is doing a superb job in NARP’s DC HQ, and importantly, is “outreaching” to the entire country, as is demonstrated by his coming here for a visit on August 8.

This year’s Picnic Meeting will be at Lacey’s Rainier View Park, a bit over one road mile NW of Centennial Amtrak Station. We encourage travel to our Picnic by Amtrak trains for those out of Thurston county. Local AAWA members will meet the trains and shuttle you to/from the Picnic. Picnic times will be approx. 11AM to 4 PM. Jim Mathews’ presentation will be early in the day( +-1 PM ) to allow those of you with other obligations to depart early, if you must.

The Picnic is a potluck, but AAWA will supply burgers, hot dogs and (soft) beverages. For those unable to bring a potluck item., a modest contribution is accepted. It would be good to have a fair idea of attendance to know how much AAWA food needs to be purchased.

Elected officials from the Thurston county area, members of the Legislative Rail Caucus, WSDOT-rail people, representatives from Talgo, Amtrak, BNSF, rail labor, and other potentially interested people are invited, as well as all AAWA, AORTA, and NARP members from WA and OR.

Car shuttles will be provided from the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak Station. Contact Lloyd Flem (360 943-8333 or if you need transportation from the station to the park.

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AAWA’s Charlie Hamilton honored by NARP

Photo by Ken Briers

At the April NARP council meeting our own Charlie Hamilton was recognized for his service in helping select NARP’s new database/web vendor. Presenting the award are President Jim Mathews, left, and Chairman Bob Stewart. Here is the text of his award:

National Association of Railroad Passengers

Jack Martin Award

Named for the National Association of Railroad Passengers’ volunteer president of over two decades, this award is given only to individuals who have given significant and valiant efforts to the cause of America’s rail travelers.

This honor is hereby bestowed upon Charles Hamilton for his efforts in bringing the Association’s advocacy efforts into the Twenty-First Century. Though his contributions travel through the ether, they have and will continue to have substantive impact for those traveling aboard High Iron.

Presented in April of 2015 Washington, D.C.


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Northwest Rail Advocates Meeting – June 6, 2015 – East Glacier Park, MT

The National Association of Railroad Passengers, All Aboard Washington and the Association Oregon of Rail and Transit Advocates are hosting the 2015 Northwest passenger rail advocates membership meeting on Saturday June 6 at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park, MT. Register for the meeting here or click on the link on the red bar at the top. On line registration deadline is Thursday May 21. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by May 18. Registration deadlines have been extended! June 1 for on line and May 28 for mailed.IMG_2919

The meeting will take place between the morning arrival of the eastbound Empire Builder and evening departure of the westbound train. We are providing advance information so you can make Amtrak reservations and, if you want to extend your trip, hotel reservations. Availability at Glacier Park Lodge is very limited but there are a number of motels in the village, many within a half mile of the hotel and the Amtrak Station; some have station pickup available. IMG_0591

Here’s some hotel information for East Glacier Park:

Glacier Park Lodge: and select Glacier Park Lodge for reservations. Limited availability. No Internet access. Rates are about $190 and up. Phone: 406.892.2525.

Dancing Bears Inn (approx. 0.3 mi from Lodge and 0.2 mi from Amtrak): AAA approved. Rooms available. Online reservation system. Phone: 406.226.4402. Continental breakfast and Wi-Fi. Amtrak station pickup. Rates are about $110-150. The Dancing Bears Inn is offering a discount from its published rates if you call and tell them you are attending the NARP conference on June 6.

Mountain Pine Motel (approx. 0.5 mi from Lodge and Amtrak): Rooms Available. Online reservation system. Phone: 406.226.4403. Wi-Fi. Amtrak station pickup. Rates are about $60-80.

Jacobson’s Cottages (approx. 0.7 mi from Lodge and Amtrak): No online reservation system. Phone: 406.226.4422. Amtrak station pickup. Rates are about $70-90.

East Glacier Motel & Cabins (approx. 0.6 mi from Lodge and Amtrak: Rooms available. On line reservation system. Phone: 406-226-5593. Amtrak Station pickup. Rates about $65-85.

There are also a number of other motels listed at

Many are outside the immediate village area and thus would be more difficult to get to if you arrive on the Empire Builder.

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