Yakima Valley Trolleys

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We are a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As such, generous donations from the public are critical to our success.

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Volunteering and Membership

Volunteering is a rewarding way to meet fellow members, develop personal skills, and take part in the preservation of Yakima's historic trolley system. Our members maintain and operate the trolleys, sell tickets, plan special events, give tours of the museum property and find other ways to employ their talents and interests to help our cause. Many volunteer opportunities require no prior experience.

Members also receive a newsletter and may ride public trolley runs free of charge (excludes special events). Dues are only $30 per year per person ($60 per family) and directly support trolley preservation and operation.

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Schedule, Hours, Fares


Due to the unfortunate development of a crack in Streetcar #1976's wheel, trolley service is temporarily suspended. We apologize and will update this page as soon as we have news to share.

Operating Season

The 2021 operating season began on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 and ends on Sunday, September 26th, 2021. During that time, we operate on weekends and holidays.

Trolleys depart at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM when we are running to Selah, and on a roughly hourly basis when we are operating on the Pine Street line.

We intend to run to Selah for the remainder of the 2021 operating season, conditions permitting!


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.

Schedule and fares are subject to change without notice.

Charters and Rentals

Private charters of the Yakima Valley Trolleys can be arranged any time of year, subject to crew availability and operating conditions. Please contact us.

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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

May, 2021

29th - The 2021 operating season begins. See the Schedule, Hours, Fares page for details.

31st - Memorial Day - Trolleys will be running.

June, 2021

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

July, 2021

5th - Independence Day (Observed) - Trolleys will be running.

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

August, 2021

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

September, 2021

6th - Labor Day - Trolleys will be running.

26th - The 2021 operating season ends. Charters and rentals are available at any time of the year.

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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


(509) 249-5962


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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