August 9, 1895
According to the GN train's 1893 schedule, Eng. 517 would have been Passenger traIn No.3.
That would have Twain and his group in Seattle at the Railroad Street Station at 5:47p.m. on the 9th of August, 1895.
BUT, what if the schedule was changed two years later. Perhaps they arrived at Leavenworth at 3:00 a.m.
That would put Twain's arrival in Seattle at 11:43 a.m.; being too late to catch the first trip to Tacoma on the Flyer.

the Twain Party
must have caught
 the 3:30 P.M. DEPARTURE
on the S.S. FLYER's
90 minute run.

They would have had
a horse drawn carraige
to get them to take
their baggage the
short distance to
the Colman Dock.

CLICK for dock history!
Flyer was the first vessel ordered
by the Columbia River and
Puget Sound Navigation Company,
a concern formed by
Capt. U.B. Scott and others,
which already controlled the fast
sternwheeler Telephone on the
Columbia River, and Puget Sound.
The then new and fast sternwheeler
Bailey Gatzert as well as the
express passenger boat Fleetwood.

Flyer was built at the Johnson
shipyard in Portland, Oregon
of Douglas fir cut in Oregon
and prepared for construction
by prolonged storage in salt water.
Un-usually for an express
passenger boat,
Flyer included a dining room,
which contributed to her popularity.
There was "NO" R. R. Depot.
Description: distant and elevated photographic image of the  Northern Pacific Railroad Headquarters Building 
at Seventh Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA, taken from a hillside southwest of the building.

This  must have been taken about 1910.

Commencement Bay is near image left edge. Possibly an outhouse, with the door open, is in image right foreground,
with frame buildings behind it. The Tacoma Hotel is to right of the image center, in background.
 Mount Rainier is very faintly visible to left of image center. Click PHOTO.

We arrived in Tacoma at five o'clock on the 9th, and have sumptuous apartments at
The Tacoma, a grand caravansary built by the Northern Pacific Railroad Company.
The "receiver" is an old friend of mine, formerly a contractor on the Northern Pacific Railroad. I also found another old friend in C. H. Prescott -- one of the prosperous.
He is local "receiver" of the Northern Pacific Railroad,
the highest distinction a man can attain out here.
This is another overgrown metropolis.
We can't see it, nor anything else, owing to the dense smoke everywhere.
Mark Twain