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Holiday Express Train

Enjoy a 40 minute roundtrip ride through scenic Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge along the Willamette River. Early dusk departures offer a great chance to see the train decorated with lights. Trains and the waiting area are heated and lit. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing for the walk from your car to the station and the station to the train. Restrooms and shelter are available on site. Coffee, tea, hot cider and an assortment of delicious cookies will be available at the station! All proceeds go to the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation!

Boarding begins 20 minutes prior to departure; please arrive early. Traffic in Sellwood and across the bridge can be very difficult.

Trains depart from Oaks Park Station located at 7805 Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202 [map]

HE2015 Schedule 50
***SP Daylight engine #4449 will pull ALL Holiday Express trains this year.***

Southern Pacific 4449
Built: 1941         Manufacturer:           Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, OH
Length: 110’      Weight: 433 tons Drive Wheel:  80”
Horsepower:  6,500                       Boiler Pressure: 300 psi          Fuel: Oil
Donated to PDX: 1958                   Volunteer Organization: Friends of the SP 4449

Built in 1941 as a 4-8-4 GS-4 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. 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.

Retired to Oaks Park in 1958 for display only, many thought 4449 would never run again. 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. SP 4449 has also operated numerous excursions since. She is arguably one of the most beautiful locomotives ever built and kept that way by the all-volunteer Friends of SP 4449.

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