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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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All Aboard Washington legislative day in Olympia

AAWA will be hosting our 4th annual legislative day in Olympia in February. We don’t have the date yet (soon hopefully) but want to give everyone a heads up. We’ll post information as soon as we have it.

We’ll again meet with members of the Legislative Rail Caucus (and other key legislators) over a light lunch to encourage them to continue moving forward on intercity passenger rail improvements and expansion beyond the two additional round-trips coming this fall between Seattle and Portland.

The legislative day also gives you an opportunity to set up appointments with your two state representatives and your senator. Executive Director Lloyd Flem is ready and able to help with setting up the meetings and what to talk with your legislators about, if needed.

We continue to work hard on daytime service to central and eastern Washington, a Blaine station stop, improved amenities at King St. Station and other projects.

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November 12th Annual Meeting in Lacey

Less than three weeks until All Aboard Washington’s Annual Meeting. The November 12 event will be located in the main dining room at Panorama, {1751 Circle Drive}the upscale  senior community in Lacey, east of Olympia and just a couple miles from Centennial Station. You from out of town are encouraged to travel by Amtrak, where you’ll be met and shuttled to/from  Panorama by Thurston county AAWA members.

Festivities will start at 11:30 AM, with music provided by professional pianist  Jerry Wagner. Swing -era tunes, featuring railroad themes, and songs celebrating the armed services in honor of Veterans Day will be emphasized. And at 11:30 you’ll have the opportunity to (silently) bid on high-quality donated goods and services, the proceeds of which assist AAWA in our advocacy work.

 An excellent buffet lunch ($20)  will start at noon. Chef is Mike Turk, whom I’ve known for nearly 35 years!

Our program, starting at 1 PM, will feature two Oregon men who will honor the 40th Anniversary of the American Freedom Train, which you over-age-fifty folks recall was part of the USA Bi-Centennial Celebration. A second presentation will be by Talgo’s Josh Coran, who will update us on the his firm which manufactures our Amtrak Cascades trains.

We’ll also have my (brief!) summary of  Election 2016, as it will  likely apply to rail issues, and brief reports from  spokespeople for AAWA’s task forces.

All are welcome to our meeting and we look forward to having you there. Please RSVP, if possible, but not required to LloydFlem@allaboardwashington.org
See you on the 12th!
Lloyd

 

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October 8 AAWA meeting in Bellingham

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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