The first two weekends in December bring two old trains to Oaks Park in SE Portland to be viewed and/or ridden in. Step aboard and be taken back to another time.
I missed the 700 on the first weekend this month, but made it both days to see the 4449.
The 4449 was built in 1941. It was given the orange paint job as are others in the Daylight series. It was retired from passenger service in 1957 and put in to storage. In 1958 it was given to the city of Portland and there it sat until 1974 when it began its restoration. In 1976 it was named the Freedom Train and traveled the 48 States for the bicentennial.
It is now based in the Brooklyn Roadhouse in Portland and is maintained by a group of volunteers. It comes out for special events like this past weekend.
In 1983 it was voted the most popular locomotive in the nation. That was easily evidenced by the number of people who showed up to ride it. I’m going to mark this for my December calendar for next year.