Yakima Valley Trolleys

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Schedule, Hours, Fares

Operating Season:

The 2019 operating season begins on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 and ends on Sunday, September 29th, 2019. During that time, we operate on weekends and holidays, departing at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM.

Route

We intend to run on our historic 5-mile line to Selah for the entirety of the 2019 operating season. However, due to extenuating circumstances such as maintenance or restoration work, there may be some days when we run on the quaint Pine Street line instead. Please call ahead to confirm.

Fares

Fares for the Selah Line are as follows:
Adults - $12.00
Children (12 and under) - $8.00
Child on lap (2 and under) - Free
Seniors (60 and older) - $8.00

Fares for the Pine Street Line are as follows:
All ages - $5.00

We accept cash, local check, and credit card payments.

Charters and Rentals

Private charters and facility rentals are available at any time of the year. Please contact us.

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Location

Location

Trolley rides leave from our museum:

South Third Avenue at West Pine Street, Yakima, WA 98902

Driving Directions

From Interstate-90, take exit 110 and merge onto I-82 East toward YAKIMA. After 33 miles, take exit 33B to merge onto EAST YAKIMA AVENUE. Continue on Yakima Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles, until turning left onto South Third Avenue. Continue on Third Avenue for approximately 1/2 mile. The Carbarn and Powerhouse will be on the right hand side, at the intersection of West Pine Street.

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Events Calendar

Events Calendar

The following calendar lists events we currently have planned for the year. Dates are subject to change. Please continue to check for future updates.

Upcoming Events

October, 2019

26th and 27th - Halloween Trolley 2019

When: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 (10AM-3PM both days). Trolleys will depart on approximately a half-hourly basis.

Fares: $7 per person, all ages. As always, museum members and children 2 years old and younger on a lap ride free.

What: Better than riding a broomstick! Come into YVT's haunted Powerhouse Museum for our annual Trick or Treat special. Everyone is invited for this spooky, fun-filled, memorable event. Children will find treats throughout the YVT's haunted Powerhouse Museum and some tricks, too. The first 50 children (10 years old and younger) that are in costume and have a raffle ticket will earn a free small pumpkin after the Halloween Trolley excursion.

Special thanks to Wray's Marketfresh IGA for the donation of pumpkins and Tree Top for the donation of apple juice!

November, 2019

2nd and 3rd - Day of the Dead Trolley 2019

When: Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 (10AM-3PM both days). Trolleys will depart on approximately a half-hourly basis.

Fares: $7 per person, all ages. As always, museum members and children 2 years old and younger on a lap ride free.

What: Bienvenidos, pasajeros! Please join us for our first ever trolley runs commemorating the Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos.

December, 2019

14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd - Santa Claus Trolley 2019

Details to come!

Past Events

May, 2019

4th - Dinner and Live Auction Gala

Yakima Valley Trolleys presents Trolley Mysteries, a dinner and live auction gala. Event includes silent auction, music, wine and beer tasting, trolley dollies, butlers, and more! Please join us for this unique event, which also benefits trolley preservation.

Where: Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902

Sponsors: A tremendous thank you to our sponsors for this event:

Helping Out: Want to help? For donations or advertising in our live auction catalog, please contact (509) 249-5962.

25th - The 2019 operating season begins. See the Schedule, Fares, & Brochure page for details.

27th - Memorial Day - Trolleys will be running.

June, 2019

15th - Fourth Annual Car Show Benefit

When: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

What: Hot rods, stock cars, antique cars, and motorcycles welcome. Raffles with prizes and awards for the best entries. $15 entry fee (for vehicles) benefits the Yakima Valley Trolleys and vehicle registration begins at 7:00 AM. Spectator entry free. Trolley rides all day long on our Pine Street Line for $6/passenger.

All month - Trolley operations according to details listed on the Schedule, Fares, & Brochure page.

July, 2019

4th - Independence Day - Trolleys will be running.

All month - Trolley operations according to details listed on the Schedule, Fares, & Brochure page.

August, 2019

All month - Trolley operations according to details listed on the Schedule, Fares, & Brochure page.

September, 2019

2nd - Labor Day - Trolleys will be running.

29th - The 2019 operating season ends. Charters and rentals are available at any time of the year.

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History

Our History

The Yakima Valley Trolleys operate on the tracks of the former Yakima Valley Transportation Company (YVT Co) in Yakima, Washington, U.S.A. The YVT is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it is the last authentic, all-original, turn-of-the-century interurban electric railroad in the United States. The degree to which the complete YVT system has been preserved is unsurpassed.

The railroad was constructed between 1907 and 1913. Its greatest length was just over 44 miles. Presently approximately five miles of track remain, connecting the cities of Yakima and Selah, Washington. Electric trains have operated on the YVT trackage every year since 1907.

Service was first limited to a streetcar line in downtown Yakima. In 1909 the YVT was purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad with the purpose of expanding the system as a feeder of freight and produce to the Union Pacific mainline.

The YVT built a large stone and timber carbarn/shop facility in 1910. In 1911 a concrete and masonry powerhouse substation was constructed to provide the necessary DC electricity to operate the trolleys. Both buildings are still in use today. The overhead wire catenary is also original.

Streetcar service became less and less popular as more Americans were able to purchase automobiles. Finally in February of 1947 the YVT terminated streetcar service, however the electric freight trains continued to operate.

In 1974 the City of Yakima purchased two streetcars from Portugal to revive passenger service as a tourist operation. The project also served as Yakima’s Bicentennial project in 1976.

The Union Pacific Railroad decided to abandon the Yakima Valley Transportation Company freight operations in 1985. Almost all of the system was donated to the City of Yakima in the process, and has been open as a museum since that time.

The Yakima Valley Trolleys organization was incorporated in 2001 to operate the railroad for the City of Yakima. Present and future generations are able to experience an early-American street railway almost exactly as it was 100 years ago and come to understand the important role transit held in developing the City of Yakima as well as the rest of the industrialized world.

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Contact Us

Telephone

(509) 249-5962

E-Mail

Physical Address

South Third Avenue at West Pine Street
Yakima, WA 98902

Mailing Address

Yakima Valley Trolleys
P.O. Box 796
Yakima, WA 98907-0796

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