SP&S 700 at Washington Steamfest: The famous Southern Pacific 4449 took to the NP mainline between Pasco and Cle Elum in October 1990 to celebrate Washington Central's Steamfest. It was her only trip of the year as she traveled from Portland along the Columbia River to Pasco, Washington, and on the Cle Elum. At the time, the Washington Central owned and operated part of the former first subdivision of the NP from Kennewick to Yakima to Cle Elum. The Washington Central hosted several trips featuring SP 4449 and their Washington Dinner Train consist.
We enjoy trips from Kennewick and Yakima over a long weekend and trips to Cle Elum via Yakima Canyon. In addition we see some short runs of former Great Western 2-8-0 No. 51 operated by the Yakima Valley Rail & Steam Museum which became the Northern Pacific Railway Museum in Toppenish WA. We will enjoy fall colors and cool steam effects, as well as former NP semaphore signals in some sections. After the Steamfest we follow SP4449 westward back to Portland. There are no diesels on the consist on these trips to breakup the view of the trip. Action shot and producedby Greg Scholl Video Productions.