Category: Southern Pacific

SP 4449 north running as Amtrak 955 near Mad…

SP 4449 north running as Amtrak 955 near Madras, OR 6/25/17

Oregon Rail Heritage’s Daylight Excurs…

Oregon Rail Heritage’s Daylight Excursion to Bend, OR (operating as Amtrak train 925) passes between two of the short tunnels along Route 14 in the Columbia Gorge, a couple hours off schedule after a passenger had to received emergency medical care.

Underwood, WA

June 24, 2017

Prior to the west coast being slammed by sto…

Prior to the west coast being slammed by storms in early 2017, the ex-Southern Pacific (SP) coast line looked fairly tranquil in scenes such as this one brought to you just north of Gaviota. Looking down the two-tone grey paint and white lines of the 1950-built, ex-Union Pacific chair car “Pacific Trail,” with a little imagination one can see a brightly colored GS-4 on the head-end leading a spotless train of stainless steel orange and red cars through the twists and curves along the coast as Train No. 99, the northbound Daylight, heads toward its next stop of Surf. While the Daylight might be hard to imagine, Amtrak’s horizon transit with the veteran’s painted cabbage and a pair of private cars isn’t too shabby.

February 04, 2017

SP 4449 climbing the 1.5% grade from South Jun…

SP 4449 climbing the 1.5% grade from South Junction to Madras with just “some” help from the assisting Amtrak P42.

Paxton, OR

October 20, 2012

Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 is on her way fr…

Southern Pacific 4-8-4 4449 is on her way from Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA for Cascade Rails 2011, this year’s NRHS convention. The train has just crossed the swing bridge over the Columbia River and is pulling into the Vanvouver, WA station. There it will pick up a large group of passenger who rode the morning Amtrak Cascades train from Tacoma so they could return behind 4449.

June 21, 2011

SP 4449 heads through a super-elevated curve…

SP 4449 heads through a super-elevated curve as it nears the Indiana border.

New Buffalo, MI

July 31, 2009

Railfans and the local community are out in …

Railfans and the local community are out in force to greet the SP 4449 as she highballs east through the small community of Galesburg on the Amtrak Michigan Line, headed to Train Festival 2009 in Owosso, Michigan.

July 19, 2009

On the way home to Portland, SP 4449 is cros…

On the way home to Portland, SP 4449 is crossing the large bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding, CA with the Amtrak/4449 cross country excursion. It is Friday, April 29, 1977 and on Sunday, May 1st, 4449 will return home to Portland.

SP 4449 is about to embark on the Amtrak Tra…

SP 4449 is about to embark on the Amtrak Transcontinental Steam Excursion and its return to the west coast. The Amtrak name has been added to the tender and the auxiliary tender is now Union Pacific.

Birmingham, AL

April 13, 1977

4 of a San Joaquin at the New Emeryville Stat…

4 of a San Joaquin at the New Emeryville Station

4 of a San Joaquin at the New Emeryville Station by Marty Bernard

Via Flickr:

AMTK F40PHR 380 with a San Joaquin at Emeryville, CA on September 28, 1994. As can be seen, SP was doing a lot of track realignment at the time.