Seattle Monorail

Celebrating 50 years of service!

March 5, 2012

Monorail's 50th Anniversary Celebration at Seattle Center

The Monorail celebrated its 50th Anniversary on March 24, 2012. Over 10,000 people rode the trains on this special day.  From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., train tours, memorabilia displays, Elvis interpretations and a public ceremony marked this significant milestone and paid tribute to the Monorail’s remarkable history.

Here are some photos from our celebration:

200 Commemorative Monorail Medallions were given to the first 200 passengers to catch the train at 10:00 a.m. on March 24, 2012

 

A line of people waiting to receive their Commemorative Monorail Medallion at Westlake Center.

 

Handing out Monorail Medallions

 

Lead cashier, Jayme Gustilo, pointing out the sights along the one-mile Monorail route

Elvis performs on the Monorail platform - The real Elvis rode Red Train on September 5, 1962 while he filmed 'It Happened at the World's Fair'.

 

Making 'Happy Birthday' cards for the Monorail Trains

 

Monorail Operator, Abraham, handing out Monorail buttons to guests

 

Local eighth-grader, McKaulay Kolakowski shares his Seattle Monorail game that he created and designed during the Monorail celebration

 

Seattle City Council Member, Jean Godden, reflects on her memories of riding the Monorail during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair

 

Kim Pederson, founder of The Monorail Society, presents Council Member Jean Godden and Director of Seattle Center, Robert Nellams, with a plaque recognizing Seattle Center Monorail's 50 years of service

 

Monorail Facility Tours led by Chief Systems Engineer, Dr. Eno Yliniemi

 

Some of the Monorail staff and volunteers present at the 50th Anniversary Celebration