Testing at Rainier Beach

This view is at the Rainier Beach station, furthest stop south in the Valley.  It was less than two weeks before the line was to become become operational.  Trains were making test runs and were providing operator training, pausing for a suitable time at all stations along the initial route.  But the platform area was still gated to prevent public entry.

Track platforms are very long, and all can accommodate four-car trains.  Because of space constraints along the present downtown stub under Pine St., the current line can operate with a maximum of two-car units only.

Despite this station's name (which is the name of the neighborhood), the waters of Lake Washington are more than one-half mile off to the east.

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