Operators of the Southern Pacific 4-8-4 steam locomotive No. 4449 have announced that it will traverse the Columbia River Gorge over BNSF rails July 2 and 3. The train will depart Portland Union Station for Wishram, Wash., with a stop at Vancouver, Wash.
The Friends of 4449 are in the final stages of coordinating with Amtrak and BNSF to run two round-trips up the Columbia Gorge this summer. They plan to run on Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, 2011. Departing will be from Portland Union Station for Wishram, WA, with a stop at Vancouver, WA. The trip will include a barbecue lunch served in Wishram, WA, before returning to Portland.
Tickets and more information regarding the trips will be available soon at 4449.com.
Southern Pacific’s Premier train, known as the Daylight, operated out of Los Angeles to San Francisco, CA and El Paso, TX, as well as out of Oakland to Bakersfield, CA and Portland, OR. The 4449, a “GS-4” was built in 1941 in Lima, Ohio and began running the Daylights between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which was the route it ran for the majority of its lifespan on the SP.
During the early-to-mid 50s, the 4449 had its skirts removed and was painted black to continue running passenger and occasional freight trains, primarily the San Joaquin Valley route. It was based out of Bakersfield, CA until its retirement in 1958.
Southern Pacific donated the locomotive to the City of Portland, where it was put on display at Oaks Park along with other preserved locomotives. No one thought it would run again, and over the 16 years, what once was a shiny black locomotive became a faded, rusty eyesore. The continued operation of SP 4449 relies heavily on volunteer work, fuel and materials, and donations!
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PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View1975 Special salute to Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449. Contains diagrams and . BN0065 Baldwin Locomotive Works, The -. Pacific Type Locomotives Record No. 79. ALBRECHT, Harry P. . 1951 Account of the San …
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