…Continued from Skytop Observation Lounge #186 Cedar Rapids.
Here is an Amtrak Cascades NPCU sitting with Colonial Crafts in Pennsylvania Railroad colors on an adjacent track in the background... an interesting juxtaposition of old and new, and of east coast and west coast.
#4449 is parked under the high shed on Track 4 as passengers get off and take pictures.
An Amtrak Cascades F59PHI is parked on Track 2, creating another juxtaposition of old and new.
Here is the train crew posing with #4449 at Union Station.
After all the passengers had disembarked, #4449, Amtrak P42DC #170 and baggage car DLMX #5659 Gordon N. Zimmerman were uncoupled from the rest of the train and pulled forward until they were out from under the high shed. The Gordon N. Zimmerman was then uncoupled from the locomotives.
Here is a view of #4449's auxiliary water tender, DLMX #4219, which was originally the tender to Southern Pacific AC-10 class 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward steam locomotive #4219. It was later used as a tender for a rotary snow plow and as a water car for fire service. This rare view shows the top of the tender.
#4449 pulled forward with Amtrak #170 in order to leave the Amtrak diesel on another track before picking up the Gordon N. Zimmerman and returning home to the Brooklyn Roundhouse.
#4449 backed in to Track 3 where it uncoupled from Amtrak #170 and left the Amtrak diesel behind.
#4449 then pulled out out of Track 3 and then backed into Track 4 to couple to the Gordon N. Zimmerman again for the trip back to the Brooklyn Roundhouse.
DLMX #5659, the Gordon N. Zimmerman, (pictured here during Holiday Express 2008, as by the time #4449 pulled out it was too dark for pictures) was built by American Car & Foundry in April, 1954 as Union Pacific Baggage Car #5659. It was renumbered to UP #24427 in April 1969 and to UP Maintenance of Way #904227 in 1975. It was purchased from Union Pacific by the Friends of SP #4449 in July, 1997. It initially operated without paint and wore the name Better Idea. It was later painted in Daylight colors and renamed Gordon N. Zimmerman, after a crew member who has been an active volunteer co-coordinating and selling souvenirs on every SP #4449 trip since 1981 and helping to restore 1937 Daylight car SP #3300, former UP mail car #5811, now #4449's tool car and #2901 Clackamas River, #4449's crew sleeper. The Gordon N. Zimmerman made its debut with #4449 at the ArTrain display in Hillsboro from June 29 to July 4, 2002.
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