Wednesday, August 5, 2015

4449 Heads East for Train Festival 2009

I originally posted this on my old website on July 23, 2009 and last updated it on December 18, 2009.

(NOTE: This website is NOT affiliated with Train Festival or SP #4449; visit & for current info)

IMG_7792 Southern Pacific Daylight GS-4 4-8-4 #4449 in Wishram, Washington on July 3, 2009
SP #4449 in Wishram, WA, en route to Michigan on July 3, 2009

A new railroading event in Owosso, Michigan was Train Festival, July 23-26, 2009 at the Steam Railroading Institute, which featured several operating steam locomotives. One of these locomotives was former Southern Pacific "Daylight" GS-4 4-8-4 #4449 from Portland, Oregon. #4449's trip to Michigan was made possible with the help of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners and the Friends of the 261, who would use #4449 to power their annual fall excursions in Minnesota while their steam locomotive, Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261, while it underwent its required 15-year overhaul. #4449's schedule was as follows:

July 03: Portland, OR to Spokane, WA
July 04: Spokane, WA to Whitefish, MT
July 05: Whitefish, MT to Havre, MT
July 06: Layover in Havre, MT
July 07: Havre, MT to Minot, ND
July 08: Minot, ND to Fargo, ND
July 09: Fargo, ND to Minneapolis, MN
July 10-17: Stored with 261 in Minneapolis, MN
July 18: Friends of 261 trip: Minneapolis, MN to Chicago, IL
July 19: Friends of 261 trip: Chicago, IL to Durand, MI
July 20-22: Stored at Owosso, MI
July 23-24: Train Festival Excursions
July 25-30: Stored at Owosso, MI

July 31: Friends of 261 trip: Durand, MI to Chicago, IL
Aug 01: On Display in Chicago, IL
Aug 02: Friends of 261 trip: Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI
Aug 03: Friends of 261 trip: Milwaukee, WI to Minneapolis, MN
Aug 04 - Oct 09: Stored with 261 in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10: Friends of 261 trip: Minneapolis, to Winona/La Crescent, MN
Oct 11: Friends of 261 trip: Winona, MN to Minneapolis, MN
Oct 12: Layover in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 13: Minneapolis, MN to Fargo, ND
Oct 14: Fargo, ND to Minot, ND
Oct 15: Layover in Minot, ND
Oct 16: Minot, ND to Havre, MT
Oct 17: Havre, MT to Whitefish, MT
Oct 18: Layover in Whitefish, MT
Oct 19: Whitefish, MT to Spokane, WA
Oct 20: Spokane, WA to Portland, OR

IMG_7718 Private Passenger Cars at Union Station in Portland, Oregon on July 1, 2009
Private Passenger Cars at Portland Union Station on July 1, 2009

As the July 3rd departure date from Portland approached, the private passenger cars for the excursion began arriving in Portland on Amtrak trains and gathered at Union Station.

June 29: Minnesota River, Super Dome #53 & MKT #403 on the WB Empire Builder.

June 30: Chapel Hill arrived in Portland on the WB Empire Builder.

June 30: New York Central #3 arrived on the NB Coast Starlight.

July 1: Caritas arrived on the WB Empire Builder.

July 1: Colonial Crafts, Silver Lariat, Silver Rapids & Silver Solarium arrived on the NB Coast Starlight.

Minnesota River, Super Dome #53 and New York Central #3 would be part of the excursion train at Train Festival and the return trip to Portland. Caritas, Colonial Crafts, Silver Lariat, Silver Rapids & Silver Solarium would also be part of the return trip to Portland.

#4449 moved to Portland's Union Station on July 2nd.

The video below shows #4449 passing through Skamania, Washington on June 3 after the passage of the day's westbound Empire Builder, and #4449's departure from Wishram, Washington later in the day.

SP #4449 at Skamania & Wishram, Washington on July 3, 2009.

The consist of the eastbound excursion train was the following:

Southern Pacific #4449 with Water Tender DLMX #4219
Amtrak #23

BNSF #52 Glorieta Pass
Minnesota River
Super Dome #53
Missouri-Kansas-Texas #403
New York Central #3 Portland
Chesapeake & Ohio #3 Chapel Hill
Colonial Crafts
Silver Lariat
Silver Rapids
Silver Solarium

Each of the cars in the train will be featured in its own post.

Related Links:
Train Festival 2009
Friends of SP #4449
Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Friends of the 261
Friends of the 261 Freewebs Site
New York Central 3
High Iron Travel
Chapel Hill Railcar
Colonial Crafts
Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Cars
California Zephyr Railcar Charters
Rail Journeys West
BNSF Business Car Fleet from QStation
Technical Information about ATSF Passenger Equipment
Milwaukee Road Passenger Cars
Private Railcars attending the 2002 AARPCO Convention
California Zephyr Virtual Museum
Web Lurker's DOME.main

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