Spirit of Washington Dinner Train

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The Spirit of Washington dinner train was a dinner train that originally operated for 15 years from Renton, Washington, with trips heading to Woodinville and back, and then for three months out of Tacoma, with trips heading from Tacoma to Lake Kapowsin near Mount Rainier. On October 29, 2007 the operators of the dinner train announced that they would be shutting down the Tacoma route due to poor ridership.

History[edit]

The Spirit of Washington dinner train operated for 15 years out of Renton on the Woodinville Subdivision starting in the summer of 1993, with trips heading from a depot in Renton to the Columbia Winery in Woodinville and back. Before 1993, it ran from shortly after 1986 to 1993 between Yakima and Ellensburg. [1] In the summer of 2007, operations were forced to change starting locations when the owners of the Woodinville Subdivision, BNSF Railway, would not extend their contract. BNSF allowed King County to move forward with improvements on I-405, which diminished the connection between Woodinville and Renton.

Although the operators had wished to move the train to run between Woodinville and Snohomish, negotiations broke down, causing the train to relocate to Tacoma. It operated from August 3, 2007 until October 28 with Tacoma as the starting point. It serviced central Pierce County, on the line going from Tacoma to Lake Kapowsin near Mount Rainier and back.[2]

Cancellation[edit]

Due to poor ticket sales after the move to Tacoma, the owners decided to pull the pilot project and close the train down. It was stored in Clark County, Washington, as the owners have suggested that they would like to see a dinner train go between Vancouver, Washington and Mt St. Helens or attempt again to go between Woodinville and Snohomish.[3] Some equipment had been sold to new owners, such as the Carrizo Gorge Railway and the Texas State Railroad. In November 2012, the majority of the equipment was relocated to California by its new owner, Iowa Pacific Holdings.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Plan envisions Renton-to-Snohomish hiking/biking trail; Announcement surprises dinner train owner Seattle P.I., May 16, 2005. Retrieved 2011 September 25
  2. ^ "Train Schedule". The Spirit of Washington dinner train. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Dinner Train closes up shop". KOMOTV / The Spirit of Washington dinner train. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 

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