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    Holiday Express W/ SP #4449 Part #1/2

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    Chase Millsap

    by Chase Millsap

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    It's that time again in Portland as a 2 week tradition is underway where railfans & their families come out to relive the magic of steam, and a look at one of the world's favorite and famous steam engines, the Southern Pacific Daylight #4449 is in charge on the 2nd weekend of Portland's annual "Holiday Express", the 1st weekend had the Spokane, Portland & Seattle(SP&S) #700 leading. The Daylight was the focus as I made a visit to Oaks Park for the 2nd year in a row to see this beautiful steam locomotive and for the first time ever, I got a chance to ride this train with scenes from the baggage car & in the observation car which will be in part #2. SP #4449 recently returned from more than 2 months in a roundhouse in Minneapolis and before that went to Owosso, Michigan for Railroad Days where the Daylight being cared for by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation(ORHF) & The Friends of SP #4449.