Northwest Doubleheader Steam

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Union Pacific 844 and Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotives make history by double-heading for the first time ever between Tacoma and Everett.

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On May 18 and 19, 2007, the Union Pacific 844 and Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotives made history by double-heading for the first time ever between Tacoma and Everett. This historic event, which was jointly run by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, was a benefit excursion on behalf of the Barriger Library of the University of Missouri at St. Louis and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation. Pentrex was on hand to capture the private excursion as well as the round-trip public excursion, the “Puget Sound Steam Special”. We also followed the engines on their double-headed return trip from Tacoma to Portland. In addition, we chased the UP 844 on its way back home, capturing great footage of it through the Columbia River Gorge, flashing past beautiful Multnomah Falls, and steaming over the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.

These powerful Northern-type locomotives switched point position at Everett on both days of the Tacoma-Everett runs. You’ll have ample opportunity to see each of them looking great and leading the train of matched Armour yellow UP cars. Cool, overcast weather only served to make their billowing clouds of steam and smoke even more dramatic! The spectacular scenery along the Puget Sound created a perfect backdrop for great steam action. You’ll see the locomotives thundering across Salmon Bay Bridge, rolling through Sunnyside Beach and Harbor View Parks, and racing along the flowing curves of the Sound.

The line between Tacoma and Everett is a busy double track mainline owned by BNSF with UP trackage rights. This allowed us to see interesting motive power, such as SD40-2s, heading a variety of freight trains there, as well as on the trip from Tacoma to Portland and through the Columbia River Gorge. As a special treat, we are including almost one hour of bonus footage featuring exciting mainline action. Bonus Footage includes 50 minutes of great freight action.

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3 reviews for Northwest Doubleheader Steam

  1. Andre Forte

    While this isn’t the worst Pentrex DVD I own, it’s not the greatest either. I was really hoping for more extensive coverage of the doubleheader runs, but it was quite limited unfortunately. The bulk of the video covers 844’s run from Portland to Nampa after the main event. Most of the shots altogether were long and drawn out, contrary to the usually quick-but-informative pace of most Pentrex videos. I found the narration a bit lacking too.

    I my opinion, if you want a much more in-depth coverage of this amazing doubleheader steam event, check out Marcam Production’s ‘Legends of Steam, Vol. 2’. It covers the same event with better shots and greater detail, and nice narration as well. It even includes a ride on board the train along Puget Sound.

    I apologize if it sounds like I’m bashing Pentrex, but this could’ve been better. It’s a good thing I got it on sale.

  2. herronhigh239

    I loved the side by side over Cajon Pass back in 1989, but nothing can top this.

  3. Ricky

    This was the last time pentrex would shoot 4449, and the first time 844 operated again after a 5-6 year boiler restoration from railfair ’99 tragedy.

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