The City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an
organization or individual to relocate and improve the condition of the
locomotive in Bloedel Donovan Park. Deadline for Letters of Interest is June
The locomotive was built in 1918 and donated to the City in 1960. In the
past, the locomotive was open to the public to climb on and explore, but for
safety reasons the City had to end this practice. Currently the locomotive
is locked behind a chain link fence and is falling into a state of
disrepair. The desired party would put the locomotive to better use by
relocating it out of the park and improving its condition in a way that
benefits the public.
"The City is interested in seeing if someone can do something more
meaningful with the locomotive," said James King, director of the City's
Parks and Recreation Department. "The intention is for this piece of local
history to be relocated to a site out of the park where it can be
revitalized and better enjoyed by the public."
After the letters are received, the City may begin negotiating with one
(or more) respondents or decide to issue a more formal Request for
Proposals. Proposals to dismantle and sell the locomotive for scrap will not
Letters of Interest were due June 30, 2015. City Council has authorized staff to begin negotiations with the Northwest Railway Museum. Negotiations are in progress as of July, 2017.