After years of being on display in Portland, Oregon, the Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700 steam locomotive was brought back to life! This “Queen of Steam” put on a fabulous excursion on its home rails in April of 2001. SP&S 700’s shiny black paint and yellow lettering dazzled young and old alike as she traveled between Vancouver, Washington and Spokane. Includes three minutes of bonus additional footage from Day 2, when a diesel helper was added on the point. This footage is not included in the VHS version. You will see the 4-8-4 Northern-type locomotive pull 18 cars through the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge and the rolling wheat fields and pine forests of Washington.
The huge locomotive is seen at such scenic locations as North Bonneville, Pasco, Providence Hill, Sprague Lake, Latah Junction, and many others. You will also see the train arriving in the town of Ritzville, where a special celebration was staged for its arrival. The 700’s crew left passengers and photographers breathless, performing awesome run-bys with plenty of smoke, whistle, and speed! Here’s your opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful steam locomotives traveling through some of the most spectacular areas of the Pacific Northwest. From rain to sunshine, including a few interesting surprises, this trip has it all!
Two stereo soundtracks, one with the natural train sounds, the other with narration added. The viewer can switch the narration on or off at any time. Bonus footage: Three minutes of additional footage from Day 2, when a diesel helper was added on the point.