Holiday Express

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    Explore for 12/14/2007 #83 -- Thanks, everyone!!

    We rode the Holiday Express today! I'm a real train freak, so this was a huge treat for me. This old steam engine has been beautifully restored by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Here's a blurb from their website::

    "Southern Pacific #4449
    Built in 1941 as a 4-8-4 GS-4 'Northern' type locomotive, she is 110' long, 10' wide and 16' tall. With locomotive and tender weighing 433 tons and a boiler pressure of 300 psi, her eight 80" diameter drivers and unique firebox truck booster can apply 5,500 horsepower to the rails and exceed 100 mph. Retired to Oaks Park in 1958 for display only, in 1974 she was completely restored specifically to pull the 1976 Bicentennial Freedom Train throughout the United States to the delight of over 30 million people.

    The only remaining operable 'streamlined' steam locomotive of the Art Deco era, this grand Lady of the High Iron pulled Southern Pacific 'Daylight' coaches from Los Angeles to San Francisco over the scenic Coast Route and then on to Portland until 1955. She is arguably one of the most beautiful locomotives ever built -- and kept that way by the all-volunteer Friends of the SP 4449."

    Here's a link for more information:

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    youngwarrior, Nancy Rose, melcir.meri, and 40 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Noël Zia Lee 89 months ago | reply

      Gosh, you guys are fast! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! @Nancy Rose: It was moving in the top shot ... I was hanging over the fence to get the shot using a zoom lens. When it got closer, I backed away in a hurry!

      @YoungWarrior: You're the one who cued me in about the Holiday Express. I'm so grateful to you for that!!! Thanks for the link, I will really enjoy that site! I also caught a couple of videos. I'll post them on YouTube after I get them edited. I'll let you know when they're ready.

      @Red~Star: It started off from the Oaks Park Station and traveled through the wildlife refuge there. Not much wildlife to be seen, though, just a few mallards. And even though it was moving slowly, it was too fast to catch any decent shots. It went south along the Willamette River to the Ross Island Bridge, backing all the way, then returned (forward) to the station. About a 40 minute trip.

    2. manyfires 89 months ago | reply

      That is SO cool.

    3. Wendi Andrews 89 months ago | reply

      Oh, how fun! I got to pull the whistle on a train once, it was fantastic :) Great photo, love the steam.

    4. nhardin2002 89 months ago | reply

      Really great picuture.

    5. DeborahsDreamPhotography 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Picture Pages (Post 1 Comment on 2), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

      Wow! Great shot, Nice capture of the steam too. That must have been so much fun.

    6. melcir.meri 89 months ago | reply

      Hi, As you're now an "F-TE" member, you don't need an invitation to add images. We'd love you to exhibit this beautifully-created Holiday Express Photo-ART image in our "FIRST - THE EARTH!" Photo-ART EXHIBIT.+Volunteers [AWARD + FAV 2] Group. VISIT US HERE ---> [Click on icon].

      You are invited to be our Ambassador ~ and invite other noteworthy images to our group EXHIBITION. Please add TAG, first-theearth. - Mel [Group Admin]

    7. ♥ Colpo di fulmine ♥ 89 months ago | reply

      Seen in Picture Pages


    8. Christopher Mark Perez 89 months ago | reply

      Great capture. I too just love being around this wonderful engine.

      SP4449 - Holiday Express from Oaks Park

    9. toneirenlund 89 months ago | reply

      love your picture!

    10. MF *(^_^)* 89 months ago | reply

      Southern Pacific 4449

      I love your picture! My daughter and I rode the Holiday Express last week but we did it at night, it was so much fun for both of us and here is one of my pics ; )

    11. *labaronesa* 88 months ago | reply

      Oh, Sweetie....this is fantastic. I know your love of trains and train stations so this truly comes from your soul. I can hear it whistling now..and the steam is so dramatic. Love it!

      Seen in your Explored set. (?)

    12. chris.merwe 88 months ago | reply

      A Big FaveA Big Fave
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    13. Outrageous Images 83 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called SP 4449 The Last Great American Locomotive, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Enchanter of Camelot 82 months ago | reply

      Please add your photo to our group, Impressions
      & Expressions
      and feel free to join us unless you’ve already
      done so.

      Remember to tag your photos “Impressions&Expressions”

    15. runsanibel [deleted] 81 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture! I bet it was gorgeous to see!

    16. gmf52 76 months ago | reply

      Found in a search. (?)
      Congratulations on making Explore.
      Cool shot.
      I too, love this train.


    17. glasscase3 70 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Southern Pacific locomotives, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. Tabbymom Jen 70 months ago | reply

      I *love* this engine. I saw it in Sacramento, CA, running between Sac and Oakland in 1987, 1988 or 1989. I even went through the cab. I now live in Wisconsin and she's coming through our state this month - can't wait to see her again.

    19. karin73 65 months ago | reply

      Noel, I'd like your permission to use one of your Daylight images for a personal Adobe Illustrator project I'm making for a college class I'm taking. It's not being sold or distributed, but it will be viewed online by my classmates. I'll give you credit for the shot. You can reach me at

      My father (in his 60s) has been a HUGE fan of this train since he was a child. He's named his business after it, Daylight Sales, and sells jackets, hats, shirts & sweatshirts featuring this beautiful engine & many others from around the country. You can check his work out by searching Daylight Sales in the apparel section @ Beautiful artwork on t-shirts, for the railroad enthusiast you know (or are).

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