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"SP 4449 ... July 2 and 3, 2011"
Includes ... Southern Pacific 4449, July 2, 2011, July 3, 2011 ...
Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, Vancouver Trout Hatchery, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine, heading east to Wishram, as seen at the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, east of Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2011.


Excursion Trains, July 2 and 3, 2011 ...
On July 2 and 3, 2011, the "Friends of SP 4449" operated two 200-mile all-day round-trips through the Columbia River Gorge between Portland, Oregon, and Wishram, Washington, with net proceeds to be used by the Friends to pay for the 15-year federally mandated tear down and examination of the engine. When completed, engine 4449 will be good for another 15 years of excursion service. Each train was equipped with coach, club, and dome cars. It also included a BBQ lunch for each rider in Wishram.

The Viewpoint ... July 2, 2011 ...
Viewpoint is from Vancouver Landing looking west towards the Vancouver railroad bridge crossing the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 105.5.

Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, Vancouver railroad bridge, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine crossing the Columbia River, from Hayden Island, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington. View from Vancouver Landing. Image taken July 2, 2011.
Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, Vancouver railroad bridge, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine crossing the Columbia River, from Hayden Island, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington. View from Vancouver Landing. Image taken July 2, 2011.
Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, Vancouver railroad bridge, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine crossing the Columbia River, from Hayden Island, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington. View from Vancouver Landing. Image taken July 2, 2011.
Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, Vancouver railroad bridge, click to enlarge
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Closeup, SP 4449 Steam Engine crossing the Columbia River, from Hayden Island, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington. View from Vancouver Landing. Image taken July 2, 2011.


Approaching Vancouver Station ...

Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, Vancouver railroad bridge, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine approaching Vancouver. Image taken July 2, 2011.


The Vancouver end of the railroad bridge swings to allow river traffic to pass.

View (and foreground pilings) from Vancouver Landing.


Trying to chase the SP 4449 ...
I tried to "chase" the SP 4449 and beat it to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, 8 miles upriver. However, I should have scouted out my roads beforehand !!! ... I not only missed the turn to get onto Washington State 14 (the fastest route) but instead chose Evergreen Highway ... unknown to me, Evergreen Highway had SPEED BUMPS on it !!!!!!!!!!! ... the SP 4449 beat me to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery by seconds.

Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, passing Vancouver Trout Hatchery, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine beating me to the Vancouver Trout Hatchery. View from front window of car. Image taken July 2, 2011.


The Viewpoint ... July 3, 2011 ...
Viewpoint is on Evergreen Highway at the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, at Columbia River Mile (RM) 113.

Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, at Vancouver Trout Hatchery, click to enlarge
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SP 4449 Steam Engine, heading east to Wishram, as seen approaching the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, east of Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2011.
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SP 4449 Steam Engine, heading east to Wishram, as seen at the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, east of Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2011.
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Baggage car, SP 4449 Steam Engine, heading east to Wishram, from the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, east of Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2011.

The baggage car has wide doors for riders to view from to enjoy the Gorge.
Image, 2011, SP4449 Steam Engine, at Vancouver Trout Hatchery, click to enlarge
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"Rio Grande Scenic", SP 4449 Steam Engine, heading east to Wishram, from the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, east of Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2011.
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"California Zephyr", SP 4449 Steam Engine, heading east to Wishram, from the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, east of Vancouver, Washington. Image taken July 3, 2011.


Southern Pacific 4449 ...
The Southern Pacific's 4449 is the only remaining example of twenty-eight GS-4 Daylight Class steam engines constructed in 1941, designed to pull the Southern Pacific's famous "Daylight" trains between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The SP 4449 escaped the scrap pile and became famous as it pulled the Bicentennial American Freedom Train around the United States in 1975 and 1976. During its two-year tour of duty it was seen by an estimated 30 million people and traveled through 41 states on 28 different railroads from Washington State to Florida, making it the most famous locomotive in the country.

From the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation Website (2006):

"... Built in 1941 as a 4-8-4 GS-4 "Northern" type locomotive, she is 110' long, 10' wide and 16' tall. With locomotive and tender weighing 433 tons and a boiler pressure of 300 psi, her eight 80" diameter drivers and unique firebox truck booster can apply 5,500 horsepower to the rails and exceed 100 mph. Retired to Oaks Park in 1958 for display only, in 1974 she was completely restored specifically to pull the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train throughout the United States to the delight of over 30 million people. The only remaining operable "streamlined" steam locomotive of the Art Deco era, this grand Lady of the High Iron pulled Southern Pacific "Daylight" coaches from Los Angeles to San Francisco over the scenic Coast Route and then on to Portland until 1955. She is arguably one of the most beautiful locomotives ever built -- and kept that way by the all-volunteer Friends of the SP 4449. ..."

In September 1999, the Southern Pacific "Daylight", the train 4449 was built to pull, was commemorated on a U.S. Postage Stamp.



MORE ...
MORE Steam-train excursions photographed along the Columbia River, including the SP&S 700, SP 4449, and the UP 844.

More Railroads and Trains; Amtrak, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cascade Portage, Kalama Railroad Ferry, Oregon Pony, North Bank Road, SP&S, and many more.



From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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