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Stampede Pass Rail Study

It’s been nearly forty years since the last passenger train linked the Tri-Cities and Seattle via Stampede Pass, and almost ever since then communities have been trying to get the trains back. Now with funding from All Aboard Washington, a passenger rail advocacy group, a study is underway to gauge public interest in this idea. We want to find out whether people would take a train on the Stampede Pass corridor, how often they would take the train, and where they would go. If this service is restored, it would link communities like Pasco, Prosser, Toppenish, Yakima, Ellensburg, Cle Elum and Auburn. In Auburn, the line would connect with trains north to Seattle and south to Tacoma and Olympia. In Pasco, the line would connect with the existing Amtrak service between Portland and Chicago. Restoring service won’t be easy or quick. It will require significant investments to make the corridor (which now carries only freight trains), compatible with passenger services. But it might be worth it. What do you think? Let us know by taking the survey available at www.stampedepassrailstudy.com.

Thank you.
John Bowen
Geography Department
Central Washington University Ellensburg

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AAWA Pasco rail summit is September 16

All Aboard Washington’s annual Eastern Washington meeting, originally set for July 15, is now scheduled for Saturday September 16 at the TRAC Center in Pasco from noon until 4 p.m. The TRAC Center is located in northwest Pasco at 6600 Burden Blvd (I-182 exit 9), several miles from the Amtrak station and downtown Pasco.

This meeting will explore what will be required to restore regular passenger train service in the Yakima Valley, on the Stampede Pass line, which originates in Auburn at the BNSF Seattle-Portland mainline and heads east over Stampede Pass, serving Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Yakima, Toppenish and Pasco. Eventually service would go on to Spokane. State and local elected officials, including Washington State Senate Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King (R-Yakima), and community and business leaders from the Yakima Valley are invited.

For more information and to register click here or on the above Pasco Rail Summit link (in the red bar).

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All Aboard Washington Picnic Meeting Aug 12

All Aboard Washington’s annual picnic meeting will be August 12 in Lacey, near Olympia-Lacey Centennial Station. Time: 11:30-4:00.

Check here for details.

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All Aboard June event is for fun

Saturday, June 10 10am – 2pm.  Skykomish, WA 

GN&C Railway 101 N 5th St

This will be a fun event for everyone instead of a meeting. All Aboard Washington will be traveling to the town of Skykomish on US 2 east of Everett, and 45 minutes from Monroe.

We will be riding the Great Northern Cascade Railway, a 1/8 scale ride-on train. GN&C has over 2700 feet of track, with more on the way. The railroad sits directly adjacent to the BNSF Stevens Pass mainline.

GN&C RY photo

For more information Great Northern and Cascade Railway

Meet in Skykomish at 10 AM for rides and exploring the town, with lunch on your own. After lunch those who wish to hike the Iron Goat Trail to near the site of the Wellington disaster can do so and others can slip away to do what they wish.

Please note, you must have a Northwest Forest Pass if you use either the Martin Creek or Wellington trailheads on the “Iron Goat” trail.   If you use the Scenic Trailhead, no pass is necessary.

For more information Iron Goat Trail website

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Hans Mueller, founding member of AAWA, passes away

Hans Mueller, a founding member of the Washington Association of Railroad Passengers (what we now know as All Aboard Washington) passed away on April 7 at the age of 98. Hans was a dear and beloved member of our organization. He served on the board of directors for many years and was both treasurer and membership director in the 1980s and 90s. He is a recipient of our Tom Martin Award for his long time dedication to AAWA and advocacy for passenger rail service and balanced transportation.

When I joined WashARP in the early 80s Hans was the membership director. His database in those days was 3 by 5 index cards. His son Rick got him a computer about 1990 and we went electronic to manage the membership.

One of my many memories was when Hans and I traveled to the spring NARP meeting in Washington, DC, using VIA Rail Canada. We rode the legendary Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto and used VIA corridor service to travel to Montreal and Quebec City before heading south to DC. Here are additional thoughts about Hans.

 

Chuck Mott, president of All Aboard Arizona, and longtime member and former president and chairman of WashARP/AAWA:

Mary Jo and I were deeply saddened to learn of Hans Mueller’s passing away.

Hans was a faithful supporter of our organization during the entire time I served as your president and chairman, 1983-2008. He was the person who was responsible for me joining WashARP, back in November 1981.

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All Aboard Washington hosts Rail Users Network in Seattle

On May 5-6 (Friday/Saturday) join All Aboard Washington and the Assoc. of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates in hosting the Rail Users Network (RUN) at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle (1/4 mi. east of Columbia City light rail station). The Conference will examine Northw­est passenger rail and transit issues: recent success stories, which projects are moving forward and which are standing still and could use some help. We will also examine what rail advocates are doing in other parts of the country. Registration is $60; $65 at the door. Included: morning refreshments, lunch, afternoon refreshments and conference materials. Registration and details at: www.railusers.net/annual-conference/

Photo by Dylan Priest

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