SP 4449 rolls through Sandpoint Idaho past our historic train depot + Amtrak news – Sandpoint Train Station (Sandpoint Train Depot)
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SP 4449 rolls through Sandpoint Idaho past our historic train depot + Amtrak news

What a wonderful start to the Fourth of July! The SP 4449 chugged through Sandpoint at about 10:00AM on July 4, 2009 and what a beautiful sight it was as she passed our historic depot. The orange and black color was truly stunning and the whistle sent chills down your spine.

Clip from the SP 4449 website.

SP 4449 was built in 1941 as a GS-4 “Northern” type locomotive. A 4-8-4 wheel arrangement, she is 110′ long, 10′ wide and 16′ tall. The locomotive and tender weighs 433 tons, and it operates with a boiler pressure of 300 psi. Her eight 80″ diameter drivers and unique booster truck can apply 5,500 horsepower to the rails and exceed 100 mph. The only remaining operable “streamlined” steam locomotive of the Art Deco era, this grand Lady of the High Iron pulled Southern Pacific “Daylight” coaches from Los Angeles to San Francisco over the scenic Coast Route and then on to Portland until 1955. Retired to static display at Oaks Park in 1958, most thought SP 4449 would never run again.

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We captured a few photos as the train passed the historic Sandpoint, Idaho Train Depot. We post them here for your enjoyment.

SP4449 approaching the Historic Sandpoint Depot (click for larger view)

SP 4449 approaching the historic Sandpoint Depot (click for larger view)

SP4449 approaching Historic Sandpoint Train Staiton (click for larger view)

SP 4449 approaching historic Sandpoint Train Station (click for larger view)

SP4449 Passing the Sandpoint Idaho Train Depot (click for larger view)

SP 4449 passing the historic Sandpoint Idaho Train Depot (click for larger view)

Rear of SP4449 as it passes teh Historic Sandpoitn Idaho Depot (click for larger view)

Rear of SP 4449 as it passes the historic Sandpoint Idaho Depot (click for larger view)

We hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!

Additional news: Amtrak is set to decide on July 13th if they are going to continue to stop at the Sandpoint Train Station or move to another location south of Sandpoint. We are hoping for the best and have confidence that Amtrak will see the benefits of staying here and will partner with the City of Sandpoint to renovate and restore the station to its original glory.

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