New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.

New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.

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New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac Soft Cover 64 pages.
 
New Orleans Steam Spectacular By Joseph Strapac
Soft Cover
64 pages.
Date unknown.  1984?
Notice upper corner of the cover - removed price tag?
Black and white pictorial

TABLE OF CONTENTS
U.P. to New Orleans3
The Eugene Daylight Test21
Table showing the
  CARS OF THE LOUISIANA WORLDS FAIR DAYLIGHT25
Off to the Exposition31
Returning Home to Portland53

Every few years, it seems, we enthusiasts are treated to the sights and sounds of Southern Pacific's most famous locomotive out running again. Between 1974 and 1977, 4449 toured the country on the American Freedom Train. In 1981, it hauled passengers from Portland to Sacramento for the opening of the California State Railroad Museum. Now, in 1984, a truly ambitious roundtrip to the Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans has just been completed, this time with an entire train turned out in appropriate red-and-orange paint. Union Pacific wanted to show its corporate flag in its expanded-by-merger territory, and chose to run a non-revenue train itself.
So this spring was a lively one for the rail enthusiast in the West. UP runs steam trains routinely, never having cut completely its ties with steam-lined cars and steam locomotives. On the other hand, it is all the more amazing that a passenger train comprised mainly of SP cars and an SP locomotive could be assembled thirteen years after the advent of Amtrak. But, thanks to the money and perseverance of innumerable sponsors (among them Roger Peck of Cascade Trailways, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the NRHS, and Southern Pacific itself), a really good facsimile of the Daylight returned to life.
Too many photographers to name here contributed to this book, foregoing color of a colorful subject to provide black-and-white enlargements for publication; our sincere thanks to all of you for your support.
The front cover photo was taken by John E. Shaw on May 11, 1984 between Ozol and Port Costa on upper San Pablo Bay, when the S.P. special was running from Oakland to Tracy and Fresno. Note that the auxiliary tender is missing at this point in the journey - but there isn't much in the picture that says "1984" instead of "1954!" On the rear cover, UP 8444 and train are in unfamiliar territory: who would have ever expected to find such an engine and train blasting through a cut-over sugar cane field at Bunkie, Louisiana? It's March 15th, and the UP special is on the former Texas & Pacific mainline on the last lap into New Orleans in a photo by Charles Howard. Below that is a clever illusion of two DAYLIGHTS in the San Antonio station at once, in a superb night study by 4449's fireman, Jack Wheelihan. The vignette of the neon rear drumhead is also by John Shaw.
Our title page captures both 4-8-4's in full stride in similar poses. On the left, 8444 crosses the White River Bridge near Newport. Arkansas on March 13th in a view by Dr. James P. Bell; on the right, John Shaw's camera caught 4449 on June 20th just north of King City, California. Above, both our stars were delivered in wartime and performed their final revenue duties in the 1955-57 era. Witness an extremely grimy #844 (its original number) at North Platte on December 2, 1956 in a photo from the Richard H. Kindig collection, while below that is Douglas Richter's classic study of the workaday #4449 on the southbound DAYLIGHT at San Francisco on March 25, 1952.


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