Yakima's historic trolleys roll out for Santa
YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima's historic trolleys date back to the early 1900s and were replaced by buses in the late 1940s.
However, every now and then, the trolleys are brought out for rides around the city.
This weekend Santa will be aboard the Christmas trolley as they travel down Pine Street.
Motorman Larry Fournier said to not be alarmed if you see them in the streets.
"We have a whistle and a bell and people are very good and generally keep out of our way," he said. "There's not a lot of traffic on Pine Street."
Fournier said these trolleys run on complete overhead electrical power just like the originals.
The ride will start on 3rd Avenue and Pine Street and travel up to 11th Avenue. It will be a 30 minute round trip and Santa will be aboard.
Fournier said people come from all over to ride the trolley.
"It's a great tourist draw, there's a lot of people around the world that are rail and trolley enthusiasts," Fournier said. "We have people come from Australia, Canada, England, just this past year we've had people from those areas and they come all the way here to ride the trolley."
Joan Walsh is a volunteer for Yakima Valley Trolley and said there will be treats, a drawing and fun for the whole family.
"It's just fun, I mean I love the history of the trolleys and it's all about the families, the kids," Walsh said.
Walsh said it will cost five dollars to ride.
Trolley rides run this weekend (December 9 & 10) and next (December 16 & 17) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yakima Valley Trolley operates on donations, money raised from fares and fundraising events.