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Southern Pacific 4449 Trip to Bend 9/16/2006 Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

The Southern Pacific 4449 ran under the US 197 highway bridge, which was the only highway we would go under in the canyon. We had climbed 900 feet from the crossing of the Columbia River.

The rear of our train south of Maupin.

South of Maupin, there were interesting rock formations.

More views of the Deschutes River Canyon.

The Southern Pacific 4449 then entered the next tunnel in the canyon.

The Deschutes River Canyon continues to change as we roll south.

The train ran by Dixon siding at MP 71 crossing the Deschutes just before North Junction as we traveled toward Bend.

The Deschutes River Canyon between Dixon and North Junction.

The train crossed the Deschutes River just before North Junction.

The train passed through yet another tunnel and more interesting rock formations.

Our train went by more interesting rock formations.

The train ran by the fields at South Junction.

At South Junction, the train turned east to follow Trout Creek and left the Deschutes River.

We crossed the 390 foot long Trout Creek bridge.

The Southern Pacific 4449 continued to climb out of Trout Creek Canyon.

The train has climbed all the way out of Trout Creek Canyon and we highballed through Gateway and rolled onto Madras.

The Southern Pacific 4449 than ran over the 970 foot long and 200 foot high Willow Creek trestle.

The Willow Creek Trestle as seen from a driving trip at the Portland 2005 NRHS Convention.

Our train crossed the Willow Creek Trestle.

I photographed the former Great Northern station at Metolius, which had been moved away from the BNSF tracks.

The chasers provided us with good entertainment as we continued south near Opal City.

A view looking back from Opal City.

The Southern Pacific 4449 next crossed the Crooked River Bridge, a 340 foot long truss span which is 320 feet above the river.

A picture of the Crooked River Bridge also from that driving trip.

You could see the old highway bridge over the Crooked River to the east.

Next we saw Smith Rock which is very popular with rock climbers as we passed through Terrebonne.

At Prineville Junction, we saw the Crooked River dinner train which was getting ready to depart for Prineville as the steam excursion blasted through. We ran south through Redmond but had to take the siding and wait for a BNSF local to head north at Deschutes. Once it had cleared we headed into Bend where we passed the BNSF station and the wye before we backed into a yard track for the night. We all detrained and found the shuttle buses that would take us to the correct motels. It had been a fantastic trip behind Southern Pacific 4449 and now it was time for a nice dinner and a hot shower.

Bend, Oregon 9/16/2006

Chris and I detrained and waited in the dark with a group of passengers going to the Hampton Inn. We had to wait for the bus to return from taking the first group.

The bus returned and took us to the motel at the north end of Bend. Chris and I received the key to room 148 and we deposited our bags in the room. We walked to Riverfront Crossing, "The Best Steakhouse in Bend". There I had a Filet Mignon that took care of my hunger. We returned to the hotel for the night. It had been a great day behind Southern Pacific 4449 and we were going to do it all again tomorrow. Does it get any better than this?

For the westbound SP 4449 Trip To Portland