Following is a new release from the Washington State House Democratic Causus
Funding for a canopy to protect DuPont’s historic dynamite train is included in the capital budget passed on Thursday in the Senate. The House and Senate must reach agreement before any funding is final, but Rep. Troy Kelley, D-University Place, has made it clear this project should remain funded.
The Senate passed budget contains $80,000 for the project, which will cost around $190,000. Funding from the City of DuPont, in the amount of $50,000, and donations from fundraising efforts are expected to make up the difference.
“The story surrounding this train is amazing,” Kelley said. “I can easily see grandparents bringing their grandchildren to see this dynamite car that helped provide explosives in two world wars.”
“It’s important when you’re moving forward, to also look back. This train is an important part of DuPont’s history.”
According to the DuPont Historical Society, the train helped supply explosives to several large projects, including the Alaska Highway, Panama Canal, and Grand Coulee Dam. It also produced explosive supplies for World War I and for World War II, supplied millions of pounds for efforts in the Pacific.
Kelley said he will continue to champion the funding request in the House.
“It’s a lean year for the state and there are a lot of projects not receiving funding,” Kelley said. “The majority of the dynamite train canopy’s funding is coming from other sources though, so I’m hoping people will see value in that.”
An agreement on what the capital budget will include must be decided before the legislative session ends, planned for March 13.