Olympia’s Centennial Station, serving Amtrak passenger trains
Photo courtesy: Amtrak Cascades
“Volunteers keep Centennial Station open”
“Dedicated team will celebrate 20 years Saturday of meeting every train”
“[Volunteer Jon] Cox and others like him have kept the station going for 20 years and provided Thurston County with its only Amtrak stop. The station is the only completely volunteer-run station in the country, according to Rich DeGarmo, president of the Centennial Station Volunteers Committee.
The station will celebrate its 20-year history Saturday. The public is invited to the station at 6600 Yelm Highway SE from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Those who attend can enter for a chance to win two round-trip tickets to San Francisco on the Coast Starlight.
There also will be a locomotive simulator, food vendors, entertainment and other door prizes, such as Mariners and Seahawks tickets,” quoting Chelsea Krotzer in The Olympian.
– “Currently the station is funded under an interlocal agreement among the cities of Yelm, Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia, as well as Thurston County and the Port of Olympia. Intercity Transit operates the station, The annual budget is $60,000,” quoting ThurstonTalk.
– When I arrived in Yelm in 1988 and first used Amtrak that year, the station was a whistle stop off Rich Rd next to a general store in East Olympia. These were the most deplorable embarking conditions I had ever seen for a schedule passenger train. The station was then called East Olympia in the schedules.
– Centennial Station almost closed 2 years ago, however all of the parties of the interlocal service agreement stepped-up to the plate to keep this facility operational.