Hogheads' Holiday on the Willow Creek Railroad

August 3, 2003 on the Willow Creek RR at Brooks, OR on the last day of the Great Oregon Steamup, Garry Johnson, owner of the "Young Lady" invited engineers Greg Kamholz and Jim Abney to run an SP&S 700 steam locomotive that is a little smaller than the one they are used to running.

All photos by Terry Thompson, with one exception.

The "Young Lady" weighs right at a ton with water and fuel topped off, compared to 440 tons for the "Lady". She is 14' 6" long compared to 110' 6" for the 700. The "Young Lady" was built for Garry by Bill McCready of Milwaukie, OR and took approximately 5000 hours to build. Only a few parts were purchased from vendors (safety valves, injectors, gauges). Everything else was built from scratch, by using some of the drawings Garry was able to get or by coming to the roundhouse and taking photos and measurements.

Left to right, Garry Johnson, Jim Abney, Greg Kamholz (seated), Vince Cook, and Mark Adelblue. Mark is giving Greg some tips on how this engine likes to be operated.

Greg has a few questions for Garry.

Jim Abney getting ready for his run.

In the bright afternoon sun, Jim, Garry, and Greg admire the engine.

Terry Thompson (SP&S 700 fireman) backs it upgrade to the hydraulic scissor lift. Photo by David Thompson.

With the engine on the scissor lift, Garry and Mark move it over to the stand.

Mark has opened the tender drain.

When you come to Brooks next year (always the last weekend in July and first weekend in August), be sure to stop by and see the "Young Lady" at the Willow Creek RR. It's great fun for all ages, as you can see.

While you're in neighborhood, remember to stop by the PRPA concessions table. We're right in front of the Willow Creek RR.

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