The little engine that could by Pat Kight

This weekend train fans should head down to Freighthouse Square in Tacoma. Sound Transit is showing off Sounder at the event hosted by  Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club and Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. Should be fun, especially for the kids. Details from Sound Transit below the jump.

Train fans, come and join us May 14th and 15th:

You won’t want to miss a weekend of train-related events in Tacoma! From special tours of one of our modern Sounder trains to excursions on a restored vintage steam engine train to model train layouts, there’s something fun planned for the whole family.

Join us at Freighthouse Square both Saturday and Sunday for these FREE fun activities:

  • Tour a Sounder train, including a cab car
  • Meet Sound Transit mascot Zap Gridlock and win prizes
  • Enjoy live Dixieland music (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
  • Learn about current Sound Transit train and bus service, as well as plans to extend the Sounder line to South Tacoma and Lakewood with service scheduled to begin in 2012

Other events to choo-choo-choose from:

Getting there:

We encourage you to take transit to the Tacoma Dome Station, across from Freighthouse Square. Find your best transit options using the trip planner .

8 Replies to “Freighthouse Square Train Event”

  1. For those who want to ride from Tacoma to Eatonville on the Mt. Rainier Scenic RR special on Sunday, there are only 16 spots left.

  2. The train rides will start at 10am, with the newly restored steam engine leading. The runs are fairly short, up to 66th Street or so (Tacoma Steel)

    The 330 train departs FHS to Eatonville to drop the passengers off and deadhead back to Mineral.

    Should be a lot of fun!

  3. That was a lot of fun! I got to sound the Sounder’s horn, and ride the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. The open air car was awesome, and that train sounds amazing.
    Did anyone else go and have a lot of fun?

  4. My 3 year old loved sitting in the Sounder cars, and pressing the button to blow the horn in the cab.

    We watched the steam engine pull away, and got enveloped in the cloud – it was awesome listening to the unique sound of a steam engine climbing out of Freighthouse Square.

    It was pouring, so we didn’t stick around outside much longer and did two round trips on DINK. All in all, a nice daddy day!

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