A nonprofit is hoping to establish tourist train rides in Shelton and is seeking crowdfunding help to make it possible.
The Peninsular Railway and Lumbermen's Museum, a 501(C)3 organization, has been granted former CB&Q Passenger Car 342, a railroad coach and dinette car built in 1937. After retirement, the train car joined several others rail cars as part of Andy’s Tukwila Station restaurant. That restaurant closed in 1996, and 342 has been in rail storage in Bothell ever since.
Peninsular Railway is seeking to transport 342 to Shelton to restore it as part of a scenic railroad. Initial estimates place the costs of moving the car (via crane and truck) to interim storage in Chehalis at $15,000; once there, light restoration can take place so the car will be available for service.
The group has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds for transport and restoration. Once restoration is complete, 342 will be moved by rail to its final destination in Shelton, most likely via leftover funds from the campaign.