Beautiful SP 4449 Holiday Express Train Blows Steam
The Southern Pacific 4449 will soon be running the tracks again!
She is currently going undergoing her 15 year inspection at Oregon’s Rail Heritage Center owned by the City of Portland. After that is completed, she will be good for another 15 years of excursions and special events all across the country.
SP 4449 has 8 (80″ diameter) drivers that can apply 5.500 horse power!
This beautiful locomotive was originally placed into service in 1941. The is the only survivor of the Art Deco era of steam trains.
Back in her heyday, her runs included the coast route along the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to San Francisco and on to Portland, Oregon. Called the Southern Pacific “Daylight“, she could make this 470 mile run totally during daylight hours due to her ability to go 100 mph!
- Rail Line: Southern Pacific
- Train Name: SP steam engine 4449
- Power type: 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive GS-4
- Builder: Lima Locomotive Works
- Train type: Steam / Passenger
- Location: Oregon Rail Heritage Center
- Nickname: The Daylight
If you have ever taken a ride on the SP 4449 or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!