The Tommy Thompson Train locomotive ran along a short track on Monday for the first time in many years, thanks to a few dedicated volunteers and a consultant imported for the occasion from Montreal.
The locomotive was moved earlier Monday by Dakota Creek Industries via forklift from a shed at the north end of the Depot Arts Center plaza to the short length of track behind the WT Preston.
After an inspection by a representative from the state Department of Labor and Industries, the okay was given to operate the train. The inspection is required every year.
Architect Brooks Middleton and Kyle Irving from Montreal rode in the locomotive for the first time shortly after noon. Then, with Irving driving, select members of the small audience on hand had a chance to ride the short distance, too. Irving, an experienced engineer, was brought in to help get the locomotive running.
Middleton said the group hopes to operate the train along a bit longer length of track from the intersection of Ninth St. to Fourth St. along Market St. to the west of the Cap Sante north parking lot.
Middleton and fellow architect Per Kefjen formed the Friends of Anacortes Railway in an effort to get the full train, including passenger cars, back on track.