Looks like the steam season is back underway. See the threads here on the UP 844 driver flat spot problem and chasing the Southern 630 and bearing problems. Let's hope things smooth out as the summer arrives.
Trivia: The auxiliary tender for SP 4449, DLMX 4219, is enroute from Portland to Los Angeles, to be used by AT&SF 3751 and train on their May trip to Grand Canyon and back.
Said 3751 ran this past weekend from LA to San Bernardino for the railroad days celebration there. Bill Stetler was the engineer. I have also learned that Doyle McCormack will be the second engineer on 3751 for the Grand Canyon trip. Bill and Doyle have done a lot of running together, the 4449, CP 2816 and now 3751. Wish I could make it for that Grand Canyon run.
I will (hopefully) make it to the Mt. Rainier Scenic on May 5 for a Martin Hansen photographer's special featuring Rayonier Willamette No. 2 pulling a log train and Polson Logging 2-8-2 No. 70 running a freight or work train. Like they say on the Bud commercials, "Here We Go."