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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time Items
All day
 
7:30am
 
7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
7:45 AM to 2:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
8:00am
 
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
P515A
Prototype Tour

Here’s chance to take a look at three of Oregon’s railroad treasures. The City of Portland owns three historic and world famous locomotives. Southern Pacific 4449 was built by Lima in 1941 and is probably the most famous steam locomotive in the world, having pulled the Freedom Train during the 1976 Bicentennial following its career pulling SP Daylight passenger trains. Its stable mate Spokane Portland & Seattle 700, built by Baldwin in 1938, is also a 4-8-4.

 
 
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Layout Tour
 
 
8:15 AM to 8:30 PM
P511
Prototype Tour

You'll depart bright and early via motor coach for a tour of the engine servicing facilities and dispatch center for the Tacoma Rail and get a chance to photograph some of their locomotives that are in the area for servicing.
Tacoma Rail has provided rail transportation as a public entity since 1914. With 14 locomotives, more than 100 employees and about 200 miles of track, Tacoma Rail provides key freight connections for customers in greater Tacoma and Olympia, Wash., handling in excess of 165,000 freight shipments per year.

 
8:30am
 
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
P512
Prototype Tour

The Institute is established to prepare potential railroad conductors and engineers to be highly qualified hires for America’s railroads. They provide classroom theory classes as well as practical experience moving cars and locomotives on their track in a nearby industrial park. You will be given a tour of their facilities and a promised demonstration of industrial switching.

 
 
8:40 AM to 1:00 PM
G566
General Tour

Experience the history of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on a  cruise
aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. We board from Marine Park at Cascade Locks, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Enjoy the 2 hour riverboat cruise on an authentic triple-deck paddle wheeler, providing 360 degrees of breathtaking vistas. Watch Native American tribes fish from their legendary platforms as they have for centuries. Snack bar available on board.

 
9:00am
 
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
P515B
Prototype Tour

Here’s chance to take a look at three of Oregon’s railroad treasures. The City of Portland owns three historic and world famous locomotives. Southern Pacific 4449 was built by Lima in 1941 and is probably the most famous steam locomotive in the world, having pulled the Freedom Train during the 1976 Bicentennial following its career pulling SP Daylight passenger trains. Its stable mate Spokane Portland & Seattle 700, built by Baldwin in 1938, is also a 4-8-4.

 
12:00pm
 
12:15 PM to 5:00 PM
G567
General Tour

A house of historical significance and visual magnificence, the Pittock Mansion today offers us a uniquely personal opportunity to peek into the past, and study our world as it was – from the viewpoint of one Portland family. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people.

 
1:00pm
 
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
G569
General Tour

Vancouver Washington has seen a lot of pioneer and military history in its 190 years since Europeans arrived to settle. Starting with the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trapping fort established in 1825, continuing through the arrival of the US Army in 1849 to establish Vancouver Barracks the primary military post in the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the 19th Century and Indian wars. Then during WWI, the demand for Sitka Spruce for aircraft caused the Army to build the world’s largest cut up mill in 1918 that was served by the SP&S Ry.

 
 
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
G568
General Tour

This tour will include a visit to the operator's tower of the Morrison Bridge (to meet the operator) and, bridge willing, include an opening while people are standing either in the operator's tower or down below in the Morrison's west end bascule pit (gears 36 feet tall and 940 ton counterweight moving). You will also walk across the bottom deck of the Steel Bridge, look through Union Station with the station agent, visit ODOT Region 1's bridge museum, and travel to Vancouver to see an opening of BNSF Bridge 9.6 on the Columbia.

 
5:30pm
 
5:40 PM to 9:30 PM
G570
General Tour

In the Northeast area, Alberta Street is the heart of an arts, restaurant, and shopping district approximately 20 blocks long. On the last Thursday of every month there is an art walk that takes place in galleries and shops outdoors during warmer weather, with tables set up by local artisans and traveling merchants along the sidewalk. Street performers and food carts also participate in the street fair. We will be running a shuttle bus back and forth to the street fair from the hotel over the evening (times to be arranged).