Daylight Freedom Special

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Southern Pacific Daylight 4449, dressed in patriotic Red White & Blue, led the 2002 “Columbia-Deschutes Special”, a 2-day excursion that took the mighty steamer through the Columbia River Gorge and the Deschutes River Canyon.

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SP Daylight 4449 returned to the rails in 2002 for the Columbia-Deschutes Special, a 2-day excursion that took the mighty steamer through the Columbia River Gorge and the Deschutes River Canyon. Making the trip even more remarkable was the Daylight’s patriotic paint scheme: she was repainted in the same glorious red, white and blue she wore during the American Freedom Train tours of 1975-1976. The Columbia River Gorge and Deschutes Canyon provided outstanding settings for the magnificent locomotive and her Freedom Train colors. The Deschutes River Canyon is an inaccessible and visually stunning site where canyon walls rise 2,200 feet up from the tracks. 4449 looked gorgeous in her revisited colors, pulling former Amtrak “Heritage Fleet” and Northwest Rail Museum Daylight cars, unassisted by diesel helpers!

Leaving Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, the Daylight traveled the north bank of the Columbia River for 110 miles. Then, turning south, she continued to Bend, demonstrating her awesome power. Highlights include fantastic pacing sequences, high bridge crossings, and an added segment showing the Daylight in all her different paint schemes! Bonus footage: The 1976 Interurban Press film The American Freedom Train (25 minutes) is included.

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4 reviews for Daylight Freedom Special

  1. collinvarney24

    The 4449 looks stunning with the American Freedom train livery like it did many years ago in 1975 when she was removed from being on display in Oaks park.

  2. herronhigh239

    It’s good to see the 4449 in it’s American Freedom Train colors while pulling the train to Bend, Oregon it makes me proud to be an American.

  3. Ben

    A fairly short and sweet program showing Southern Pacific 4449 painted in the American Freedom Train colors. We see 4449 making the run from Portland to Bend, Oregon. In addition to watching the run there are some historical views, interview, and some views of the 4449 in her solid black paint for World War II and freight service. We also hear 4449’s air horn.

  4. Adam Bass

    This DVD captures the anniversary of the freedom train 4449 painted again in the freedom train colors putting on a show especially going I’ve true high birdge it makes for a photogenic time if anyone was their it’s a must have for a railfan

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