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A message from our AAWA president

By Karen Keller

It’s been a busy two months since I was elected president of All Aboard Washington in January. Most of my time has been focused on creating a survey for our members and former members to learn their opinions of our association.

We have contracted with Phoenix Projects Consulting Services of Bend, Oregon to help us carry out a SWOT analysis. You will soon receive a letter via US mail or an email asking you to give our Board of Directors your opinions in four areas: Where are we Strong, where we are Weak, what are Opportunities for us, and what are Threats to our association? There are also several other questions on the survey. Please reply by the deadline of May 1, 2015. The results of the SWOT will have a major impact on our planning for the future of AAWA. Be watching for a summary in an upcoming newsletter. You can also access the survey right now.

By way of introduction, I come from a railroading family. My grandfather was an engineer for the Northern Pacific. I have many happy memories of watching trains steam by his home, Grandma holding tight onto the grandkids’ hands. We listened for the whistle, felt the vibrations on the rails, and waited to wave at the engineers, firemen, brakemen, and conductors as if this ‘show’ was just for us. I’m a supporter of steam preservation, volunteering with the SP 4449 in Portland on excursions and during the annual Holiday Express. I am a retired teacher who stills subs several times a month, plus have been a weekly volunteer at Olympia/Lacey’s Centennial Station since 2007. You’ll see me on the trains fairly often, traveling to meetings or on adventures with friends.

I believe in passenger rail as an enjoyable, economical and efficient travel option. I don’t hate cars – I love my car. But I happily support transit, ferry, bicycle, light rail, streetcar and heavy rail alternatives for those who cannot, should not, or choose not to drive.

I look forward to meeting all of you at future events, if we have not already had the opportunity to do so.

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All Aboard Washington June 14th Meeting

All Aboard Washington will be having our next meeting at Basil’s Kitchen in the Embassy Suites Hotel (Embassy Suites Hotel 15920 W Valley Hwy, Seattle, WA 98188) in Tukwila, WA next to the Amtrak/Sounder Station. Mike Elliot of the BLET (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen) and Herb Kohn of the UTU (United Transportation Union) are our invited speakers.

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National Train Day at King Street Station

Saturday May 10th was National Train Day. Amtrak and  other community groups hosted events at Amtrak Stations nationwide. Seattle’s at King Street Station was no exception. Amtrak had a grant event at the newly restored King Street Station, where Amtrak’s Rob Eaton, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, WSDOT’s Ron Pate and Kirk Fredrickson, and retired Amtrak President and USDOT secretary Alan Boyd were in attendance and spoke. There were also other Amtrak staff, Volunteers, and an event staffing firm helping run the show.

Amtrak’s National Train Day at King Street Station in Seattle. More below the jump.
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“Rail in the Northwest” Program May 14

Many rail advocates will be interested in a program  “Rail in the Northwest”, presented by Russell Holter. The program is a look at the significance of railroads in the history and development of our region and Washington state. Mr. Holter is  professionally employed by the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation. He is co-Founder of the Cascades Rail Foundation and author of “Rails to Paradise”, the history of the train which ran to Mount Rainier National Park.


Russell is an accomplished speaker and will bring Northwest rail history to life in words and pictures. Ample time for questions.


“Rail in the Northwest” is sponsored by the Des Moines (WA) Historical Society. The program is on Wednesday, May 14, 7-9 PM at the Des Moines IOOF Hall, 728 South 225th Street, Des Moines WA, in the heart of downtown Des Moines, one-half block west of Marine View Drive.


AAWA Board member Jim Langston is Program Chairman of the DMHS. All are welcome.

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Why has high-speed rail moved so slowly in the US?

You are invited to join us on April 5 to investigate …

Why has high-speed rail moved so slowly in the US?

Luncheon presentation by Dr. Anthony Perl

Saturday, April 5, 2014 (11:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Embassy Suites (historic Multnomah Hotel)
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, Oregon 97204
convenient to light rail

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    1. All Aboard Washington Annual Holiday Meeting

      December 9 @ 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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