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