All Aboard! – National Train Day

May 11th was National Train Day, and being an avid train traveler, I hopped on one to see the special event exhibit at the Portland, OR Amtrak train depot. This is one of the lovelier, historic train depots I have come across and is always a pleasure to visit. But the main reason I wanted to visit the depot this day was to see a large, historic steam engine they would be having on display as part of the special event day—the SP&S 700, a 4-8-4 steam locomotive, for all you steam engine fans. I have made it a point to view and photograph, as many as I can, the larger, historic steam engines that still operate for special events in my region. For this I bring along a special wide-angle lens that fits an older camera of mine. It’s great for photographing these big monsters up close. But, with a line of parents with children waiting to get a glimpse inside the locomotive cab, I was unable to get a complete, lateral photo of the engine. Fortunately, there was a bridge overpass directly over the tracks and I was able to get a good view from there. I’ll start with a few photos of the handsome train depot, itself. Within the same building structure is also a restaurant that is accessible from the outside.





As you can see, sky conditions were very hazy and almost a complete wash-out. Oh well … can’t always get postcard-perfect images!

Now for some train images. Some of them are in black and white to complement the steam engine era. I was fortunate to get an image when the train blew its whistle. It was deafening, to say the least! People in line were warned about the impending whistle because of its loudness. I had to cover my ears. Children started crying. It was pretty startling and very scarey to them, since they were standing very close to the engine.


SP&S 700









Steam engine blowing whistle


And last, but not least, photos of an historical Southern Pacific lounge car and a Union Pacific caboose.



Happy train travels!

All images property of Peggy A Thompson

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3 Responses to All Aboard! – National Train Day

  1. A spectacular station, and quite a steam engine. We’ve got one of those that brings visitors up the valley on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Always a pleasure to take that ride.

    • Thanks Bill! I would love to be able to see them all! One thing I’ve learned about riding some of the old steam trains is to not sit in an open car directly behind the locomotive, unless you enjoy getting water droplets blown back in your face every time the engine blows its whistle. 🙂

  2. Sartenada says:

    Awesome locomotion.

Thank you!

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