Northwest NEWS

March 11, 2002


Easter Bunny schedules train trip

On Saturday, March 23, the Lake Whatcom Railway will run special trains to celebrate Easter. The Easter Bunny will be on these trains with little chocolate Easter eggs in her basket for everyone.
   In recent times, Lake Whatcom Railway special event trains such as the Easter Trains have been sell outs, and many people have not been able to get on. To insure that everyone who wants to ride the train, the railway is selling tickets by advance reservation only.
   These trains will be pulled by a diesel locomotive. Depending upon the weather, there may be an opportunity to ride the railroad's old handcar when the train stops. The handcar is just like the handcars seen in cartoons.
   The old fashioned trains goes parallel to State Highway 9 for a short distance, then it goes through a tunnel, alongside Mirror Lake and out into the woods where the stop is made. The passenger cars date from 1910 to 1925. They are full size enclosed cars which were used on trains out of Seattle for many years, in the 1940s, and 1950s. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, they were used at times on the Seattle to Portland trains, and almost always on the Casey Jones Specials which ran from Seattle to various communities in Western Washington.
   Trains are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The fare is only $10 for adults (18 and older) and $5 for children (2 through 17). Those one year old and younger ride for free.
   For tickets and driving instructions, write to Lake Whatcom Railway, P.O. Box 91, Acme, Washington, 98220, and include a check for the money, a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the delivery of your tickets and driving instructions, a note specifying the number of adults and number of children, the departure time of your choice, and a telephone number where the railway can reach you if necessary.
   For information, call (360) 595-2218.