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PROPOSED SEATTLE-ALASKA FERRY TRANSPORTATION

PIER 48 CENTRAL WATERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT MISSION


The Mission and Vision of the Mayor's Seattle Central Waterfront Committee, is to redevelop the Central Waterfront with the general concept of making the Seattle Central Waterfront a place that will bring people, Artist, business, commerce and merchants to re-habitat the area with interesting sights, sound and activities.

The Purpose of this web-page is to provide information and further an idea toward a dialog for the "Mayor's Central Waterfront Committee" and People of Seattle and Washington State, to introduce a viable concept to bring the Harbor of Elliott Bay alive with year round roro freight and passenger ship services, towards idea of reinstating service to Alaska.

Thereby, creating necessary dialog and mutual understanding, to implement a working leadership core of interested businessmen, investors, railways and trucking freight services, along with travel and tourism industry, to participate in the restoration of passenger ship services and application of railway technology improvement to Port of Seattle.

Currently, railway freight car shipping between Seattle & Whittier is done by "slow moving tug-n-barge" technology. Including, the movement of Seattle barge's to different dockside locations for "intensive overhead crane loading" of trucks, containers, construction equipment and vehicles. Current Seattle barge service does not include passenger tourism services.

The introduction of a motor-rail-passenger vessel to Seattle and Whittier, is "not intend to discontinue barge services", rather to enhance mobility of maritime business opportunities, provide additional shipping services to bring new business to "Port of Seattle and Whittier".

Thereby, allowing Seattle and Alaska to increase rail freight and passenger services, by the establishment of connections for "Private Railcar Passenger Industry, Amtrak/National Connecting Services, Rail Tourism Economic Development. To which Seattle become a major rail passenger and freight terminal to Alaska

The Proposed Vessel SS Spartan, is a ship having the necessary requirements for use between Seattle and Whittier, including the vessel has national historic interest for being persevered under National Historical Places and Landmarks. Making the "Steam Ship Spartan" an ideal choice, financially feasible option, with local ship yard retrofitting the ship for its new mission for the Seattle-Alaska Trade Route. However, it should not be taken as an "Only Option" toward select of a suitable vessel. Thereby, this proposal to use SS Spartan is to open a viable dialog, to toward development of such a services. Therefore, to further research for other available vessels or the option to build a new vessel.

The SS Spartan, can improve container/truck load shipping, railway traffic, and increase round-trip sailing schedules, with more reliable performance in shipping and tourism options.

Louis Alloin,
Spartan Project Administrator,
ATD LINES, President,
RBCS, CEO,
SRHS, Administrative Director
Memberships:
AAPRCO
NRHS
STC Former
ARCA
CWC Stakeholder




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MIGHTY SPARTAN SAILS AT 15.6 KNOTS
COAL-NATURAL GAS OR OIL TO STEAM PROPULSION SHIP

WEATHER & SEA RELIABILITY

The S.S. Spartan was built for year 'round sea conditions, capable of sailing in almost all types of weather and seas encountered during her commission.

SS Spartan is one of the largest rail-passenger steam propulsion ferry ever built for Chesapeake and Ohio Railway to sail Lake Michigan, and has provided safe and reliable railway ferry transportation for twenty-seven years. The SS Spartan is a national treasure, It can offer 15.6 knots cruising speed between Whittier and Seattle shippers and the ultimate travel experience for business and vacation adventure.

SS Spartan is currently a coal-fired steamship with capacity to convert its four Foster-Wheeler water-tube type D boilers to "Natural Gas" fired boilers to generate 450psi with local domestic fuel, with intent is to preservation of ship's extraordinary historical commitment to maintaining a unique propulsion system that can be designated as a national mechanical engineering landmark. The SS Spartan would offer Alaska and Washington State an authentic railway steamship experience for business and tourism.

The 410' SS Spartan, know as the "Might Spartan" entered service in October 1952, designed specifically to handle the rough seas and weather conditions that it would likely encounter during year round sailing. Built primarily to transport railroad freight and passenger railcars, but with superior passenger services and accommodations, the Spartan reigned as "Might Spartan" railway steam ferry during the "Golden Era" of luxury railway servicing ports of call. By the Seventies, changing railroad economics condemned SS Spartan in September 1979 decommissioned mothball fleet.

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway never tapping into the opportunity to serve a wider diversity of transportation needs of the railway tourism.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Ferries demise was devastating to the communities, thousands of passengers and business services. However, in 2012, American Train Destination Lines entrepreneur named Louis Charles Hoffman Alloin committed "The Railway Business Car Service" to reinvent the Spartan, during depress economy and Seattle interest to redevelop the central waterfront toward active business center, that included increasing commercial venture for port industries in Seattle, Washington and Whittier, Alaska.

The Spartan remains unused, tied up in Ludington Harbor. However, the Spartan, like her sister ship, could still offer ferry service for large trucks, oversize loads, autos, railcars and a romantic journey between Alaska and Washington State.

The Seattle Central Waterfront Project, blends maritime and railway tradition with new innovation applications of technology, history, culture, arts and economic business development, inwhich the Spartan can afford a new opportunity to take a step forward to increasing maritime travel and shipping services.





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The SS SPARTAN will offer Spacious Outer Decks For:



- Walking
- Jogging
- Lounge Chairs
- Photography
- Shuffle Board
- Other Deck Recreation

The SS SPARTAN will offers Spacious Inner Decks For:








  • Grand Dinning Room
  • Deli-Buffet-Style Galley
  • 4:pm Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Refreshments & Snack Bar
  • Spacious Lounge Areas
  • Art Sales & Viewing Areas
  • Live Entertainment
  • Library & Museum
  • Private Staterooms
  • Health SPA & Steam Room
  • More Recreational Activities






  • One-Way 71 Hours
  • Round-Trip 142 Hours

  • Seattle Departure Monday
  • Whittier Arrival Wednesday
  • Whittier Departure Thursday
  • Seattle Arrival Sunday





  • One-Way 1389 Nautical Miles
  • Round-Trip 2778 Nautical Miles





  • 12-64 ages 2-Adult Passenger Fare: $3,488.00 Round-Trip
  • 5-11 Children Fare: $1,744.00 Round-Trip
  • Children Under 5 $0.00





  • Pre-Boarding "PORT LOUNGE SERVICES"
  • Champaign Departure Included
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dining Included
  • Baggage Service Included
  • Stateroom Included
  • Wheelchair Access



  • Fare Does Not include Driver

  • One-Way up to 15ft $1,400.00
  • One-Way up to 19ft $1,700.00
  • One-Way up to 21ft $2,100.00
  • One-Way Bicycles $200.00
  • One-Way Kayak Racks Use $250.00
  • One-Way Storage Locker Use $250.00
  • Calculate vehicles over 21 feet:
    Multiply the total vehicle length by the rate of $110.00per foot.









  • TOTAL PASSENGER 600 REVENUE PER SAILING $2,092,800.00





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    COASTAL CLASSIC TRAIN SERVICES

    The Coastal Classic Train is a local favorite that winds through the stretch of wilderness between Anchorage and Seward. A string of massive glaciers visible from the track enriches the journey. This train travels to the shores of Resurrection Bay for convenient connection to Kenai Fjords National Park, whale watching, sea kayaking, tidewater glacier viewing, fishing, and dog sled rides.

    WHITTIER

    The rail journey starts between the glacier-capped Chugach mountains and Prince William Sound. Built by the U.S. Government during World War II as a hidden port, today Whittier is the gateway to a recreational wonderland. The Alaska Railroad from Whittier all the way to Fairbanks has spectacular scenery from the edge of Prince William Sound through the Chugach mountains.

    SEWARD

    The southern terminus of the railroad begins its climb through primeval forests of Sitka spruce. After crossing Snowy River, Kenai Lake comes into view, set off with its stunning aqua color and surrounded by soaring mountains.

    MOOSE PASS

    Thirty miles into the rail journey winding through Moose Pass, at the shores of Trail Lake. As the rail ascends into the Kenai Mountains, it leaves behind the forests and reveals mountain meadows and streams of gin-clear glacial waters. Trail Glacier appears on the right and soon after, the summit of Grandview at 1,063 feet. The historic Loop District, named for a complex series of trestles built to handle the steep grade in the age of steam engines. In the same stretch, Bartlett Glacier crowds the track just 800 feet away.

    PLACER RIVER VALLEY

    After passing through a series of short tunnels, the train descends to the Placer River Valley near Spencer Glacier. Moose, bear and wolves populate the valley among the willow and alder trees. Trumpeter swans migrate through in spring and fall and arctic terns hover above the ponds and river looking for small fish and insects. Twelve miles later Turnagain Arm appears, where 40-foot tides rush into the narrow confines of the Chugach Mountains. Beluga whales pursue salmon and other schooling fish. Next comes Girdwood, home to Alaska's premier ski resort.

    CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST

    The Chugach National Forest borders Turnagain Arm, some six million acres, the second largest in the U.S. Bald eagles cruise the thermals above and Dall sheep come to feed on the low plants growing on the cliffs bordering the railway. Next comes Potter Marsh in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.

    Available on the Coastal Classic for summer. Now passengers can see the most beautiful stretch of the Alaska Railroad from the most beautiful cars and our exclusive upper level outdoor deck!

    GoldStar Service features:

  • Confirmed seat in the upper-level dome car
  • Complimentary: coffee, soda, tea served at your seat
  • Priority seating in the lower-level dining room
  • Private outdoor viewing deck


  • GLACIER DISCOVERY TRAIN SCHEDULE
    MAY-SEPTEMBER 2013
    Depart Arrive
    OUTBOUND
    Outbound
    Anchorage9:45 AMGirdwood11:00 AM
    Girdwood11:00 AMPortage11:40 AM
    Portage11:40 AMWhittier12:05 PM
    Whittier12:45 PMPortage 2nd stop1:15 PM
    Portage 2nd stop1:25 PM*Spencer WS1:45 PM
    *Spencer WS1:55 PMGrandview3:20 PM
    INBOUND
    Grandview3:30 PM*Spencer WS4:30 PM
    *Spencer WS4:40 PMPortage5:15 PM
    Portage5:15 PMWhittier5:30 PM
    Whittier6:45 PMPortage7:15 PM
    Portage7:20 PMGirdwood7:35 PM
    Girdwood7:35 PMAnchorage9:15 PM


    Passengers remain onboard at Grandview.
    All Spencer & Grandview passengers may disembark train at Portage for motorcoach transfers to Anchorage 5:20PM-6:45PM.

    ONBOARD SERVICES
  • Dining
  • Baggage Service
  • No-Smoking Cars
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WS Refers To Whistle Stop Services




  • Alaska Marine Lines:
    Connects Alaska Railroad at Whittier, AK to Seattle, WA, "Sea-Train Barge".
  • SAILING
    NORTH
    ETD SEATTLE
    ETA WHITTIER
    ETA ANCHORAGE
    ETA FAIRBANKS
    ETA SEATTLE
    1305
    Wednesday 1/23/2013
    Wednesday 1/30/2013
    Friday
    2/1/2013
    Tuesday 2/5/2013
    Monday 2/11/2013
    1306
    Friday
    2/1/2013
    Friday
    2/8/2013
    Monday
    2/11/2013
    Tuesday 2/12/2013
    Monday 2/18/2013
    1307
    Wednesday 2/6/2013
    Wednesday 2/13/2013
    Friday
    2/15/2013
    Tuesday
    2/19/2013
    Monday 2/25/2013
    1308
    Wednesday 2/13/2013
    Wednesday 2/20/2013
    Friday
    2/22/2013
    Tuesday
    2/26/2013
    Monday 3/4/2013
    1309
    Wednesday 2/20/2013
    Wednesday 2/27/2013
    Friday
     3/1/2013
    Tuesday 3/5/2013
    Monday 3/11/2013
    1310
    Wednesday 2/27/2013
    Wednesday 3/6/2013
    Friday
    3/8/2013
    Tuesday 3/12/2013
    Monday 3/18/2013
    1311
    Wednesday 3/6/2013
    Wednesday 3/13/2013
    3/15/2013
    Tuesday 3/19/2013
    Monday 3/25/2013

  • Bay Coast Railroad:
    Connects Norfolk to Cape Charles, VA, operates two Chesapeake Bay Ferries.

  • Central Gulf Railroad:
    Connects Mobile, AL to Coatzacoalcos & Veracruz, MX for BNSF, CN, CSX, KCS & NS.

  • New York New Jersey Rail, LLC:
    Connects railroads to Jersey City, NJ, & Brooklyn, NY.

  • Puerto Rico Railway:
    Connects Ponce, Puerto Rico to Mobile, Alabama, barge services.


  • Canadian National Railway:
    Connects Whittier, AK to Prince Rupert, BC, operates "AquaTrain-Barge".

    Sales 1-888-668-4626 Email Sales
    eBusiness 1-800-361-0198 Email eBusiness
    Public Inquiries 1-888-888-5909 Email Public Inquiries
    CN Police Emergency 1-800-465-9239
    Service Delivery 1-866-926-7245 Email Service Delivery

  • INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY FERRIES




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    POTENTIAL SEATTLE CONTRACT
    SUPPLIERS AND SERVICES

    The Purpose of this section is to show the relationship of economic development and potential impact that motor-rail-passenger ship operating at the Port of Seattle, Washington with Railroad Industry local supplier, services and products.

    This compilation of potential business opportunities does not address Central Waterfront, Historical Pioneer Square, SODO District and Downtown Merchant Shops, Restaurants, Boutiques, Hotels that potential passenger; their family and friend would patronize prior to boarding ship or trains.


    POTENTIAL CONTRACT SERVICES & SUPPLIER LIST:

    NOT LIMITED TOO


    MARITIME UNIONS & ORGANIZATIONS:


    RAILROAD UNIONS & ORGANIZATIONS:


    HOSPITALITY UNIONS & ORGANIZATIONS:

    NOT LIMITED TOO

    If your business is not listed and you would like to be included in this project:





    POTENTIAL WHITTIER CONTRACT
    SUPPLIERS AND SERVICES

    The Purpose of this section is to show the relationship of economic development and potential impact that motor-rail-passenger ship operating at the Port of Whittier, Alaska with local and Rail Line Communities supplier, services and products.

    This compilation of potential business opportunities does not address Whittier Merchant Shops, Restaurants, Boutiques, Hotels that potential passenger would patronize prior to boarding train or ship.


    POTENTIAL CONTRACT & SUPPLIER LIST:

    NOT LIMITED TOO

    If your business is not listed and you would like to be included in this project:


    RAILWAY BUSINESS CAR SERVICES
    All Inquires submitted To: ss.spartan@usa.com
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