SP 4449

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation



Equipment Roster

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.

The continued operation of SP 4449 relies heavily on volunteer work, fuel and materials, and donations! Your donation to the SP 4449 is tax deductible and greatly appreciated! You can also support the SP 4449 by purchasing one of our concession items, such as our annual calendars featuring the locomotive and its crew!

Gordon Zimmerman #5659 - Baggage Car
Private Car #800634 - Amtrak Certified

Built by American Car & Foundry in April, 1954 for Union Pacific Railroad, this baggage car was originally numbered UP #5659. In April, 1969 it was renumbered to UP #24427, then in 1975 it reassigned to UP Maintenance-of-Way as #904227. The Friends of 4449 purchased the car in July, 1997. It remained in gray colors and wore the name Better Idea until it was repainted in Daylight colors in August, 2003 and renamed after a dedicated volunteer, Gordon N. Zimmerman.

In 2009, the baggage car underwent an overhaul to bring the car up to Amtrak standards, which included the 40-year truck inspection, installation of HEP cables, new marker lights, new rubber diaphragms, end-car inspection and electrical upgrades. All revenue from leases of this car go towards the all-volunteer Friends of SP 4449.

Gordon Zimmerman baggage car

Gordon Zimmerman baggage car 

Gordon Zimmerman baggage car

Trip log:

October 2009: Cross-Country Journey - Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR 
December 2009: ORHF Holiday Express - Portland, OR 
December 2010: ORHF Holiday Express - Portland, OR 
April 2011: Railroad Revival Tour - Oakland, CA to New Orleans, LA 
May 2011: National Train Day - Union Station, Portland, OR 
June 2011: NRHS Stampede Pass excursion - Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA to Easton, WA and return.
July 2011: 70th Anniversary/Wishram Daylight excursion - Portland, OR to Wishram, WA and return.
April/May 2012: Los Angeles and 3751 Grand Canyon Journey.
October 2012: Round-trip Portland, OR to Bend, OR steam excursion.

Travellers Rest #498 - Lounge / Dining Car
Private Car #800288 - Amtrak Certified

Built by Pullman Standard in 1947 for the Northern Pacific Railway, the Coach/Lounge was rebuilt to a Lewis & Clark-themed Buffet Lounge car in 1955. Designed by Raymond Loewy as part of his project to upgrade NP's premier train, the North Coast Limited, the car was numbered #498 and known as the Traveller's Rest. When Amtrak took over most of the nations passenger train service, it operated as Amtrak #8354, and was later retired and sold to private parties who then operated it in charter service as "Sonoma Valley".

The car was donated to the Friends of 4449 in 2010, and volunteers have gone to work to bring the car up to Amtrak standards. Leases of this car help raise funds for the maintenance and operation of this car by the all-volunteer Friends of 4449.

Travellers Rest lounge car

Travellers Rest lounge car


Trip log:

June 2010: Deadhead move - Redwood City, CA to Portland, OR 
May 2011: National Train Day - Union Station, Portland, OR
October 2012: Round-trip Portland, OR to Bend, OR steam excursion.

Auxiliary Tender #4219 - Canteen Car
Amtrak Certified

Built as a tender to Southern Pacific's AC-10 class 4-8-8-2 cab-forward steam locomotive #4219, it was later used to provide water for the rotary snow plows, and for fire-fighting service in the remote areas of the railroad.

Purchased in 1984 by the Friends of 4449, the tender was aesthetically modified to conform to 4449's tender, and serves as an auxiliary tender for steam excursions.

Aux tender

Trip log:

July 2009 - Train Festival - Portland, OR to Owosso, MI to Minneapolis, MN
October 2009 - Cross-Country Journey - Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR
October 2012: Round-trip Portland, OR to Bend, OR steam excursion.

Other pieces of equipment that we own or frequently use:

DLMX 8645 - "Little Boy" Steam Generator Car

The Little Boy was built as a short GN steel Rail Post Office (RPO). It was converted into a steam heater car and later purchased by the Western Pacific Railroad. Now owned by Doyle McCormack, the number 8645 and name Little Boy is an acknowledgment to armed Americans and WWII.

Little Boy steam generator

SP #9021 - "Magnolia Grove" SP Sleeper Car

A Budd 10/6 sleeper car, built in 1950 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Later lettered as AMTK #2444, the Friends of 4449 now owns this car.

Magnolia Grove sleeper car

SP #2955 - SP Observation Car

Built in 1941 by Pullman for Southern Pacific's signature Coast Daylight train (the same one SP 4449 was built for), this car later shed its Daylight colors and operated as a stainless-steel car. Once lettered "James J. Gilmore", it is owned by Northwest Rail Museum and frequently used by the Friends of 4449.

This car is now primarily used on the Holiday Express fundraiser train.

SP 2955 observation car

#1210 - "Plum Creek" GN Coach Car

Built in 1951 by American Car & Foundry for the Great Northern Railroad, Burlington Northern later renumbered it to #6013 until it was acquired through various parties and most recently the Friends of 4449. This car is primarily used on the Holiday Express fundraiser train.

GN coach car Plum Creek

#9201 - "Clackamas River" 10-5 Sleeper Car

Crew sleeper car, originally built for the City of San Francisco streamliner as "Rincon Hill". It was used on various excursions during the '90s and '00, most notably the Montana trip in 2004, and Holiday Express in 2006. It is currently out-of-service due to heavy vandalism.

Clackamas River sleeping car


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