SP 4449

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Friends of SP 4449

Welcome to the official Friends of SP 4449's website. We're a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, maintenance, and operation of the former Southern Pacific steam locomotive based in Portland, Oregon.


Come see us! 4449 undergoing inspection in 2014

SP 4449 continues to undergo its inspection in the Oregon Rail Heritage Center located at 2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR. Now is a good time to visit! For those taking transit, take MAX light-rail to NE 7th Avenue station and transfer to a "Central Loop" streetcar destined for OMSI. See MAX and Streetcar websites for more information.

Heritage Center hours are 1-5 PM Thursdays thru Sundays. There is no charge to enter the facility, but your support at the donation box or concessions shop is much appreciated!

Steam locomotives still in operation in the United States must undergo a federally-mandated inspection every 15 years. SP 4449's certification expired in 2013, which means there are no excursions planned while volunteers take apart and inspect the locomotive.

To get an idea of what this inspection covers, check out this abbreviated overview. With the inspection underway and expected to last 1-2 years, we'll also be fine-tuning and polishing up the locomotive for another 15-years of operation!

Calling for Calendar Photos!

We're putting together a Friends of SP 4449 calendar for year 2015. Here's your chance to support the SP 4449 and see your photograph published in a calendar that will go on sale in hobby shops across the US! Click for details.



Friends of SP 4449 Inc. - P.O.Box #42486 - Portland, OR 97242