SP 4449

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SP 4449 News and Recent Events


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