Friday, May 2, 2014

Farewell is not Forever - Part 1

The 50th Anniversary of the Farewell to Steam Excursion featuring the Springwater Trail, Oaks Park & SP&S #700

(NOTE: This website is NOT affiliated with SP&S #700; visit for current info)

I originally posted Farewell is not Forever on my website on July 20, 2006.


On May 20, 1956, the Spokane, Portland & Seattle steam locomotive #700 pulled a special train to mark the final run of all SP&S steam locomotives. It was called the Farewell to Steam Excursion. But, it wasn't really the end for #700. On June 10-11, 2006, #700 ran $5 round-trips from Oaks Park north along the Springwater Trail to near the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Farewell to Steam Excursion. I was there on June 10 to ride the train and witness the event.

Here is a list of the following posts about this event:

History of the SP&S #700
History of the Route
Oaks Amusement Park
PRPX #9477
GN #1210 Plum Creek
SamTrak Caboose #900
Santa Fe Speeder
Valley & Siletz Speeder
P&M Speeder 03
Milwaukee Speeder #7849
Spirit of Toledo Speeder
Speeder #7927
Union Pacific Speeder #2615
SCL Speeder RI-040
Rio Grande Speeder
Fairmont Speeder
Riding the Train
The Other End of the Line
Passenger Cars
Milwaukee Road Parlor Car
Milwaukee Road Baggage-Dorm
Milwaukee Road Coach
SP&S Sleeper #366 Portland

Farewell to Steam 50th Anniversary Links:
Spokane, Portland & Seattle #700
Brian McCamish's -50th Anniversary- Farewell to Steam
Oaks Amusement Park

Continue to History of the SP&S #700

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