I originally posted this on my old website on the PORTLAND PLACES: Portland Union Station page on May 15, 2009.
The second annual National Train Day was held at Portland Union Station on Saturday, May 9, 2009, in conjunction with events at train stations all across the United States.
The star of Portland's 2009 National Train Day was former Southern Pacific Daylight Lima GS-4 4-8-4 streamlined steam locomotive #4449, which was on display under steam and offered cab tours for the day.
This was #4449's first appearance with the single-beam Mars light in the upper headlight position as delivered in 1941, instead of the familiar twin-beam.
Also in attendance with #4449 was the former Spokane, Portland & Seattle sleeper-lounge Mount Hood (not pictured), owned by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, and the Great Northern X40 caboose, pictured here.
The following video shows #4449 backing out of Union Station at the end of the day.