I originally posted this on my old website on March 26, 2009.
Continued from NRM #2955 James J. Gilmore…
On Sunday, December 14, 2008, the last scheduled day of the Holiday Express, a rare snowstorm descended on Portland.
Initially the Holiday Express was going to be cancelled for the day.
After some riders arrived despite the weather, two runs were made before the weather deteriorated even more.
The rest of the event was cancelled for the safety of drivers, who were having difficulty on the road leading to Oaks Park, which was beginning to freeze.
I braved the snow and rode the first of the two runs, and took pictures and video of the second run from the ground.
This was a rare opportunity to see #4449 operating in the snow.
In addition to the steam train ride, speeder rides were also offered, but due the snow the speeders weren't running on the last day.
Oregon Pacific's SamTrak caboose was also parked there for both weekends.
Here are pictures of some of the Holiday Express passenger cars in the snow at Oaks Park.
The following pictures were taken from inside the James J. Gilmore round-end observation car as it led the train during the reverse move toward East Portland.
The following photos were taken from the Gordon N. Zimmerman baggage car heading back to Oaks Park.
The following pictures show #4449 departing Oaks Park on the second trip of the day.
The video below was filmed on December 14, 2008. All the footage aboard the train was from the first run and the footage on the ground was from the second run.