With streetcars scheduled to run every fifteen minutes,
this sort of view does not occur during normal operation. But this was
a day before the official opening. The red car is just behind the
purple car as they both head out along Terry Ave. N to the Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center Station. It is
interesting that the two markers show "TEST TRAIN" in different text styles.
The switch track leads to and from the streetcar maintenance facility. The severed rails belong to an old Northern Pacific freight spur that
reached toward a freight terminal near downtown. That spur was abandoned many decades ago, and one
wondered then how much longer this artifact would be a part of the urban scene.
It turned out to be less than two years, as area redevelopment progressed.