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Catalog Number 2012.088.013
Object Name Cloth Fragment
Description Fabric remnant used to cover buttons and upholstery for the seats on the Tommy Thompson Train / Anacortes Railway (Buttons: 2012.088.005-.007)

The 18" gauge railway ran 840 feet from 1st Street to 4th Street on Commercial Avenue. 2400 passengers were carried on 173 round trips during August 4 and 5, 1979. The passenger car and coal burning steam locomotive were built by Thomas G. Thompson, Jr., from 1965 to 1979. The train ran until his death in 1999.

Tommy Thompson (owner and engineer of the train) told riders "the engine was originally a Porter compressed air, two cylinder compound engine that was used in a mining operation. Mr. Thompson removed the large compressed air tank, replacing it with a boiler of his own design that he had built at a boiler works. The fuel was seasoned fir bark that Mr. Thompson said was very clean burning with very little smoke. He build all the cars from scratch, and said that he also built a brass foundry in his back yard to cast all the fittings and fixtures for the train."
Dimensions W-5.5 L-17 inches
Caption cloth fragment
Credit line Donated by Anne Thompson, wife of Tommy Thompson, July 2012
People THOMPSON, Thomas "Tommy" G., Jr.
Search Terms Anacortes Railway
Tommy Thompson Railway
button
fabric
seat
chair
fastener
Subjects Adornment
Transportation - Railroad
Equipment