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SP 4449

Steve Sloan's Trains : Southern Pacific : Locomotives 4449

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SP 4449 Lima 4-8-4, SP Class GS-4

According to good sources, including Guy L. Dunscomb's, A Century of Southern Pacific Steam Locomotives as well as Diebert & Strapac's SP Steam Locomotive Compendium, SP 4449 was built in May 1941 by Lima as a model GS-4, builders number 7817, SP 4449, SP Class GS-4. In September 1956 the locomotive was pulled from Storage by SP and donated to the City of Portland. This locomotive is currently owned by the City of Portland, Oregon.
SP 4449 at night in Sparks in 1975
On Monday, November 24, 1975 SP 4449 in Freedom Train colors is laying over for the night in Sparks, Nevada. The American Freedom Train was in Reno/Sparks, Nevada, November 24-26, 1975. This was the train's 45th display city. It was displayed next to the Nugget Casino, 14th and Nugget Ave. From there it went to Sacramento.
SP 4449 at in Martinez in 1975
Early on the cold morning of Thursday, December 4, 1975 the American Freedom Train with 4449 on the point makes a brief stop in Martinez, CA enroute to Oakland, CA and display.
SP 4449 in Martinez in 1977
The Amtrak Transcontinental Steam Excursion is captured heading eastbound at Martinez, CA on April 29, 1977.
SP 4449 Video, Shasta line to Portland, 1984
From some super8 movies I shot during the 1980's converted to digital video. This short movie clip was made of the World's Fair Daylight returning to Portland in June 1984. My then very young sons and I chased the train north. This video is unpublished and features a full daylight train with McCloud steam, SP, Amtrak and even some BCR Alco action. Since the film was silent, some music from the band Everyday Jones was dubbed in to give it a bit of a Winterail flavor.

Related Links

4449 on Wikipedia
A pretty accurate and concise telling of the 4449 story.
Friends of SP 4449
A non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, maintenance, and operation of the former Southern Pacific steam locomotive based in Portland, Oregon.
Freedom Train.org
This site has a ton of informatin and a very useful timeline for the American Freedom Train.
Transcontinental Steam Excursion train
In April 1977, a special Amtrak-sponsored Transcontinental Steam Excursion train was led by Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 4449.
Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF)
The ORHF mission is to secure a permanent home for the City of Portland’s steam locomotives and establish a Rail and Industrial Heritage Museum.

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