SP 4449 & the Deschutes Special: The Return Trip to Portland

Railroadforums.com is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


Forum Host
Staff member
More info on this trip from the Friends of the 4449 Website

The Friends of 4449 operated a Portland-to-Bend trip as a fundraiser for 4449's overhaul in 2013.

Route: Portland, OR to Bend, OR via Columbia River Gorge and Deschutes Canyon, with a stop at Vancouver, WA depot and photo run-bys at South Junction and Willow Creek Trestle (Madras) in Oregon.

We utilized lovingly restored vintage rail cars including Visa Domes, Lounge, and coach cars, and departed at 8:30 AM from the historic Portland Union Station Saturday morning October 20. After picking up a few more passengers at Vancouver, WA depot, we then headed east into the beautiful and scenic grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge operating at track speed on the BNSF main line as we passed the Bonneville and the Dalles Dams.

Near Wishram, WA we crossed the 3972 feet long bridge over the Columbia and headed south, upriver along the Deschutes River's west side of the gorge using track owned jointly by the Union Pacific and Burlington Northen Santa Fe Railroads. After climbing up the grade towards Madras, we also stopped at South Junction for a photo run-by. At Prineville Junction the train turned on the wye and 4449 pulled the rest of the way into Bend at around 8 PM.

On Sunday morning, we returned to Portland by descending down the Deschutes Gorge, which included a couple photo run-bys along the way, and Columbia River until we returned to Portland Union Station around 7 PM.

RailroadForums.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)