National Train Day, Portland Union Station, May 9, 2009

Amtrak sponsored National Train Day, and a celebration was held at Portland Union Station. The star of the show was SP 4449 in steam, with the SP&S sleeper Mt. Hood and the 40X caboose in tow. Amtrak provided arrivals and departures of the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight, plus a Cascades trainset to tour. Local volunteer groups including Friends of the 4449, the Pacific Rail Preservation Association, the Pacific Northwest Chapter NRHS, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and others had concessions dealing in souvenirs and railroadiana. A very welcome sunshiny day and some very good local publicity provided incentive for thousands to turn out for this occasion.

Before the gates were opened, 4449 in position and vendor booths set up alongside. UP varnish on the next track.

Some of the early visitors, Jim and his son Quinn. Pat let Quinn help wipe down the piston housing.

Serious running gear on '49.

The boss's office, Doyle's place.

Arlen Sheldrake, past president of the PNWC NRHS heading to work, note 4449's new MARS light.

Folks touring the Mt. Hood. Lots of kids enjoyed themselves.

End of the tour, fittingly, at the caboose. Folks detraining.

Crowds arriving.

More crowds, lots of interest.

4449 cab tours. "Monsters Need a Home" poster is serious, eviction from Brooklyn roundhouse soon.

Couldn't let Amtrak's displays go unnoticed, they were the sponsors.

4449 always draws a crowd. Hope you folks in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota enjoy her company this summer.

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