I originally posted this on my old website on the PORTLAND PLACES: Portland Union Station page on May 16, 2010.
Continued from Amtrak Cascades Talgo Tour…
Also on display were a couple of motorcars, or speeders, displayed by members of the North American Railcar Operators Society, a group of private motorcar owners that arrange to operator their vehicles on railroad lines.
This Tamper TMC2 named "Sophia" was built in 1984 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. It is powered by an 18-horsepower 2-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engine with a snowmobile-style automatic transmission. Current owners Kay and Guy Howard of Junction City, Oregon restored it to operation in 2006.
This Fairmont MT-14-M was built in May 1986 for the Union Pacific Railroad. It was last stationed in Pocatello, Idaho and was numbered #2615. It is powered by a 20-horsepower 2-cylinder Onan engine with a 2-speed transmission and has a top speed of over 40 miles per hour.
Here are some additional photographs of #4449, the Mount Hood, Oregon Pacific #1202 and the Union Pacific caboose as they were rearranged at the end of the event to return home.
Here is #4449 positioning itself to lead the consist back towards Brooklyn Yard.
Here is the train starting over the Steel Bridge.
The Oregon Pacific diesel and Union Pacific caboose would be set off at East Portland Yard to return to Milwaukie while #4449 and the Mount Hood would continue back to the Brooklyn Roundhouse.
The following video shows #4449 departing Union Station at the end of the day, and Oregon Pacific #1202 returning to Milwaukie with with Union Pacific caboose.