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Excursions and Public Displays of the SP&S 700

For the past couple years, the PRPA has been focused on preparing the 700 and our other rolling stock for the move out of Brooklyn Yard. We are proud to have met every deadline to date, but the great effort we put in detracted from our ability to run and show the Lady. Never fear, we'll be steaming again soon! Check our events page to find out when and where we'll be out next.

2008 –  BNSF Vancouver Terminal
We went to BNSF's yard in Vancouver Friday evening Dec 12 and moved on to the terminal headquarters the next day for their annual holiday celebration. The BNSF Santa Claus arrived in the 700, and then entered the tent to visit with BNSF employees' children.
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA
December 12–13

Matt Baccitich Photo

2008 –  Steaming Through History
Train rides out of Oaks Park hosted by the Oregon Pacific Railroad were offered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the SP&S North Bank Road and the 70th anniversary of the delivery of the SP&S 700.
Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, OR
June 26–29

Matt Baccitich Photo

2007 –  BNSF Vancouver Terminal
We participated in BNSF's annual holiday celebration by once again delivering Santa Claus to the Vancouver terminal headquarters.
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA
December 14–15

David Thompson Photo

2007 –  Outing on the OPR
The SP&S 700 headed up 45-minute excursions for Lionel Operating Train Society (LOTS) conventioneers on the Oregon Pacific Railroad from Oaks Park and continued with excursions open to the general public.
Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, OR
July 12–14

David Thompson Photo

2006 –  Winter Steam
The PRPA was asked to pull a short series of excursions for the Oregon Pacific Railroad including a VIP run each day for OPR's shippers and other interested persons.
Portland, OR
December 22–23

David Thompson Photo

2006 –  BNSF Vancouver Terminal
We participated in BNSF's annual holiday celebration again, delivering Santa Claus to the Vancouver terminal headquarters and spreading cheer at Union Station on the way home.
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA
December 15–16

David Thompson Photo

2006 –  Holiday Express
ORHF's Holiday Express was pulled by the 700 for one of the two weekends of the event over the Oregon Pacific Railroad from Oaks Amusement Park Station to the Springwater Trail Gateway near OMSI and back.
Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, OR
December 8–10

David Thompson Photo

2006 –  Salem Safety Faire
The SP&S 700 was the featured attraction at the 2006 Salem Safety Faire, with public cab tours available with tickets from the on-site Oregon Operation Lifesaver trailer. The faire took place at Riverfront Park on the tracks of the Portland & Western Railroad.
Salem, OR
September 2

David Thompson Photo

2006 –  Celebration Excursion at Oaks Park
The SP&S 700 lead excursions on the Oregon Pacific from Oaks Park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its last regular service train, the 'Farewell to Steam' excursion of 1956.
Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, OR
June 10

Terry Thompson Photo

2005 –  Holiday Express
The 1st Holiday Express Train, principal fundraising event for the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF) and now an annual tradition for many Portland-area families, was and still is a series of excursions on the Oregon Pacific Railroad between Oaks Park and OMSI along the Springwater Corridor. This first year, the SP&S 700 kicked off the event by pulling trains on the 9th and 10th, with the SP 4449 powering the excursion on the 11th and 16th-18th.
Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, OR
December 9–10

Terry Thompson Photo

2005 –  NRHS Night Photo Shoot and Roundhouse Tour
The National Railroad Historical Society's National Convention was held in Portland and hosted by the Pacific Northwest Chapter. A night photo shoot of the SP 4449 and SP&S 700 was staged from 10pm to 2am, and roundhouse tours were given the following day.
Brooklyn roundhouse, Portland, OR
July 7

Terry Thompson Photo

2005 –  NRHS Western Star Excursion: Part 1, Part 2
The SP 4449 and SP&S 700 team up to power the NRHS's double-headed, mainline excursion up the Columbia River Gorge to Wishram and back.
Portland, OR – Wishram, WA
July 6

Ken Storey Photo

2005 –  Salem Safety Faire
We were invited to bring the 700 down to Salem, as the magnet for a Safety Faire put on by the Salem Downtown Association. Besides the 700, we also brought the Operation Lifesaver trailer down to do our part of presenting a safety message.
Salem, OR
May 14

Scott Dally Photo

2004 –  Christmas Train: Part 1, Part 2
BNSF invited us to bring the SP&S 700 over to Vancouver Yard in Washington to add a heritage dimension (SP&S was one of the companies merged into BN in 1970) to their annual holiday employee celebration. This event has since become an almost-annual event for the Lady.
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA
December

Terry Thompson Photo

2002 –  Montana by Steam: Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Montana Rockies Rail Tours runs diesel excursions several times a year on the Montana Rail Link (former Northern Pacific) line between Sandpoint, ID and Livingston, MT, but for this excursion they asked the PRPA to pull their train with the 700. The result was our longest excursion and one of our most scenic and successful.
Portland, OR – Pasco, WA – Spokane, WA – Sandpoint, ID – Missoula, MT – Helena, MT – Bozeman, MT – Livingston, MT – Billings, MT
October 8–23

View additional photos by Ted Curphey and Ed Hofmann as well as on these other sites:
Several items related to this trip are available from concessions:

Frances Matlock Photo

2002 –  Three Ladies Peek Out of the Roundhouse
The three steam engines owned by the City of Portland were pushed out of the Brooklyn roundhouse to help kick-off the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation.
Brooklyn roundhouse, Portland, OR
October 5

Terry Thompson Photo

2002 –  Test Run for coming Montana Excursion
A quick shake-down test run to Hillsboro on the Portland & Western to verify that the major work performed on the 700 was successful.
Portland, OR – Hillsboro, OR
September 29

Terry Thompson Photo

2001 –  Homecoming Excursion
Running the SP&S 700 on her "home rails"—the former Spokane, Portland, & Seattle mainline between Vancouver and Spokane now owned by BNSF—was a re-enactment of scenes repeated daily more than 50 years earlier when the Lady powered the varnish between Portland/Vancouver and Spokane.
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA – Pasco, WA – Spokane, WA
April 20–23

See additional photos by Yoshitaka Matsuo

Ted Curphey Photo

2001 –  Longview Test Run
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA – Longview, WA
February 26

Frances Matlock Photo

1999 –  OMSI Holiday Junction
A run and display on the Oregon Pacific Railroad near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Portland, OR
December 17–23

Matt Baccitich Photo

1999 –  "Taste of Steam"
The SP&S 700 ran over the Portland & Western to attend the City of Beaverton's "Taste of Beaverton" Festival.
Portland, OR – Beaverton, OR
July 17

Matt Baccitich Photo

1999 –  "Rock Train"
The Willamette & Pacific railroad invited us to help them in a celebration by pulling a train of VIP coaches from Reed pit to Tonquin pit.
Portland, OR – Sherwood, OR
May

Kyrian Gray Photo

1998 –  PNWR A-Line and Cornelius Pass Runs
After bending a radius rod, we repaired the engine and ran a freight test on the A-line and a series of photo run-bys over Portland & Western's Cornelius Pass.
Portland, OR – St. Helens, OR  Helvetia, OR
September 6-7

Frances Matlock Photo

1998 –  Tualatin Valley Excursions
We attended the Tigard train days event, introduced grade schoolers to Operation Lifesaver, and ran a series of two-hour excursions on the Portland & Western between the St. Mary's yard in Hillsboro and Cook Junction in Tigard.
Portland, OR – Tigard, OR – Hillsboro, OR
September 24-29

Frances Matlock Photo

1991 –  Oregon State Fair
Portland, OR – Salem, OR
September
1990 –  Washington Steamfest
Portland, OR – Pasco, WA – Kennewick, WA – Yakima, WA – Cle Elum, WA – Prosser, WA
October

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Randal O'Toole Photo

1990 –  "Return to Steam"
The Lady's first publicized run since her restoration.
Portland, OR – Vancouver, WA – Wishram, WA
June