SP 4449

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

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Friends of SP 4449

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.

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The 2016 ORHF Holiday Express starts November 25th

The SP 4449 will be pulling the ORHF Holiday Express again this year. Departures are scheduled for Nov 25 & 26 and December 2, 4, 10, 11, 17, & 18. Tickets will be available starting late October from Tickets West on-line here or by phone at 800-922-8499. All trains load and depart from The Oaks Station, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202.

Click here to see a video from last year's event.

40 Years Ago, a new chapter begins for SP 4449

On December 14, 1974, Southern Pacific 4449 was towed out of Oaks Park in southeast Portland, OR. and taken to Burlington Northern's Hoyt Street Roundhouse in what is now the Pearl District.

There, the 4449 was disassembled, inspected, repaired, and reassembled to pull the American Freedom Train in 1975-1977, a train full of historic artifacts that toured around the United States.

Over the course of 40 years, this steam locomotive and the crew that kept her operational has continued to pull officer specials for railroads, star in a Disney film, run excursion trains for the public, and return to Oaks Park during Holiday Express events.

Some of the same crew members who took part of the activities in 1974 continues to be involved today with a whole new batch of volunteers working to carry 4449 into the next generation.

Come see us!

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ome see the SP 4449 at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center located at 2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR. Now is a good time to visit! For those taking transit, the MAX orange line passes right by the front gate. See MAX and Streetcar websites for more information.

Heritage Center hours are 1-5 PM Thursdays thru Sundays. There is no charge to enter the facility, but your support at the donation box or concessions shop is much appreciated!

Steam locomotives still in operation in the United States must undergo a federally-mandated inspection every 15 years. SP 4449's certification expired in 2013. After much disassembly, inspection, repair, and reassembly the SP 4449 was back in service in time to pull the 2015 Holiday Express.

To get an idea of what this inspection covers, check out this abbreviated overview.

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