4449 in the Gorge this week

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The Southern Pacific 4449 arrived at midday Monday for a few days of video production work, which will see it running periodically through the Columbia River Gorge to Wishram, a railroad town about 100 miles east of Vancouver.

Although there are no public events, and no schedule for the trips has been announced, it’s possible visitors will catch a glimpse of the gigantic orange-and-red locomotive and its plume of steam mixed with black smoke, or perhaps hear the throaty tone of its whistle. If you happen to see the train, officials request that you don’t stop on the highway or trespass onto railroad property.

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Wow, thanks for the heads up on that one. I hadn't seen anything about it yet, no small feat in the internet age. Typically they can't polish the smokebox without somebody posting a photo on Facebook.

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