Subtitle: 4449 Runs Stampede Pass and Other Rail Adventures
Headquarters for the convention was the Hotel Murano, a very impressive abode for visitors. Attendees came from all over the country and elsewhere. This is a summary of my experiences at the convention.
The first scheduled event was a trip behind Baldwin 2-8-2 No. 15 at the Chehalis-Centralia railway on Monday afternoon, June 20. I planned to drive to Chehalis Monday and participate in this trip, stay overnight there and try to chase 4449 on Tuesday. This worked out well. Harold Borovec and his crew put on a great show for a sellout crowd.
Caught Ted Curphey at work on 15
Andy and Robert installing classification lights
Harold oiling around, a classic pose
The crew put on a great switching show before and after the trip
Photo runby and the photo line
Harold reversing past the operational wig-wag
Two sequential shots passing through Winlock, egg capitol of Washington
I arrived at Tacoma just after the passengers were unloaded, and caught the train leaving the station for its overnight parking spot
Who else but Doyle McCormack would be running?
The depot at Snoqualmie and our diesel hauler for the trip
Visitors enjoying the barbecue lunch at the museum shops, restored boxcars in the distance
An F-104, the first airplane I worked on at Lockheed
The very rare A-12/M-21 mother ship and drone combination excellently displayed
A model 1049G Super Constellation
I just couldn't resist this, sorry
My only decent "from the train" shot going up the hill
Pulling into the siding at Easton
The Silver Solarium all decorated for the Zephyr
4449 poses for portraits
The photo runby, very nice
Entering the 9700 foot long tunnel, waterfall on the right
Got lucky and caught her at Vader, then it was over
Just north of Union Station, heading out
Early morning steam, leaving Portland
At Rowland Lake on Washington side of the Columbia, Eastbound
And Mount Hood was "out" at Rowland Lake
At Avery, Westbound
At Avery after lunch at Wishram
And a fitting END of the tale.