Great photo of our doubleheader taken by Steve Eshom from the Oregon side of the gorge. Click on the photo for Steve's website and many more train photos.
Both 700 and 4449 were steamed up. Richard "Durango" Hie was painting the trucks on the Nickel Plate Alco PA. This place is amazing. Doyle liked the looks of the PA trucks in the white primer.
Hmm, just like government. One guy working and three watching.
700 backed out of the house onto the turntable, and it was obvious that the doubleheaded steam power was getting ready to move to Portland Union Station.
I went to the Doubletree to check in and go to work at registration. There I met a number of very interesting people, both volunteers and attendees. John Tucker, thanks for the training. Jim Loomis, thanks for the every day running of the registration desk.
This was one beautiful event, two 4-8-4's Doubleheaded.
The SP&S 700 led the train on the way out to Wishram, WA, where everyone was fed a great barbecue lunch and the train turned on the wye. Look at the crowd waiting to photograph us at Avery.
Switching operations were interesting, as the SP 4449 took the lead for the return to Portland. After solving a minor air problem, we left Wishram.
Here we are westbound, 4449 leading.
The view from the Milwaukee SuperDome. Wow!
There was also a trip on the Willamette Shore Trolley today. We arrived back in Portland about 40 minutes late after taking the hole for the Amtrak Empire Builder and another time to check a defect detector report.
Here are some of those photos. We even had to direct some "bo's" into town. The actual tours were conducted by the engine and volunteer crews of the 700 and 4449.
About 11 o'clock, the skies opened and dumped a lot of "Oregon Sunshine " on us, as predicted. The engines continued to perform a trip on the turntable for each busload of attendees who arrived.
The folks from the ORHF clowned it up for the group and sold a lot of souvenirs. Here's Dave and Laurel, two of the most active members of the ORHF.
This was a day full of seminars and NRHS meetings at the hotel. Some of the seminars I wanted to attend, but this was more fun. Later in the day we would attend the banquet at the hotel.
The guest speakers for the evening were Steve Lee, Manager of Operating Practices, UPRR, and Doyle McCormack, CMO, Friends of the 4449, President, Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF). Have any of you heard of these gentlemen? Ever seen them without their RR running garb on?
Their speeches on the future of steam in the 21st century were an absolutely memorable, and hilarious, event. I cried tears of laughter. They have missed their calling.
For those of you who attended the convention, here are some of the people responsible for it. Al and Judy Hall, facing the camera, two of the very active members of the chapter.
Ron McCoy, current president, PNWC-NRHS
Arlen Sheldrake, Chairman of this great convention, with Steve Lee
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