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.
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.