July 14th, 2021

City to return train to Thompson Family

Indications from an unofficial vote of Anacortes City Council members Monday night are that the custom-built Tommy Thompson train will be returned from city ownership back to ownership by the Thompson Family. This one-of-a-kind train was designed, built and operated by Tommy G. Thompson, who died in 1999. The family donated the train to the City in 2012 when plans called for a continued public presence, but efforts to run the train proved to be elusive. Thompson had operated the narrow gauge train in downtown Anacortes from 1979 to 1999. Special runs of the train included the Anacortes Arts Festival and a community event at Marathon Refinery (then owned and operated by Shell). Developments on the train’s future are pending.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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