December 2017 - Putting the SP 4449 away after another sucessful ORHF Holiday Express
The SP 4449 pulled the annual ORHF Holiday Express again this year. Everyone enjoys seeing the train run but there is a lot of work that goes on before and after the event to make this happen. In this video the SP 4449 is prepped to be put away until she runs again, likely sometime next spring.
The locomotive was first fired up to around 100psi,
steam valves are removed,
most of the hot water is blown down to remove sediments from the boiler,
the throttle is opened and the remaining steam goes out through the steam valves to flush the throttle and super heaters,
the locomotive is pressurized with air and the throttle is opened again several times to blow out any remaining water,
appliances such as dynamos and air pumps are also run on compressed air to remove water.
June 2017 - SP 4449 Excursion to Bend
The SP 4449 made an excursion From Portland, Oregon to Bend Oregon on June 24th returning to Portland on June 25th. The weather was exceptionally warm that weekend but the sky was clear and the scenery was beautiful. Below are 3 videos from the trip. The first video is from the first day - Portland to Bend.
Next is the first of 2 videos from the second day - Bend to Portland. This video is taken from the train and covers the beautiful scenery along the Deschutes River Canyon
Finally, the second of 2 videos from the second day - Bend to Portland. This video is taken from the cab of the SP 4449 as it travels through the Columbia Gorge and back to Portland
November/December 2016 - ORHF Holiday Express
The SP 4449 pulled the annual ORHF Holiday Express again this year. The event was held for 4 weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. All tickets for the entire event were sold out by the 2nd week so plan early for 2017. Tickets for next year's event should go on sale in October 2017.
September 2016 - American Freedom Train 40th Anniversary
The 40th anniversary reunion of the American Freedom Train was held at the Oregon Rail Heritage
Center in September. Participants were treated to a ride on the SP4449 from ORHC to Oaks Park
where the SP4449 was on static display prior to being restored to tour the country in 1975-1976
as the American Freedom Train.
July-August 2016 - Tender Brakes
The SP4449 tender has a complex set of linkages to apply the breaks. Over time the pins and bushings have worn creating excess play.
The linkages were removed and new pins and bushings were fabricated.
Brake beams were removed and straightened when necessary.
Much of the work was done in the pit under the tender.
When installed, the break linkages have far less play.
June 2016 - Rods Removed
The rods were removed on the engineer's side to check bushing clearances. Watch the video below to see how it was done.
May 2016 - National Train Day
Portland's Train Day 2016 was held on May 12 at the ORHF museum.
Despite the weather over 4 thousand guests passed through that day.
Train Day included a variety of train related exhibits.
The SP 4449 was fired up and on display for the event.
Friends of SP 4449 Inc. - P.O.Box #42486 - Portland, OR 97242