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Date: 10/21/11 20:13
Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: F40PHR231

The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation held a groundbreaking event today for a new $5.5 million facility that will house the SP 4449, SP&S 700, and OR&N 197 steam locomotives. At this facility volunteers will be able to continue to maintain the steam locomotives in operating condition, and for the first time ever, make these locomotives publicly accessible.

1) A rendering of what the new building will look like.

2) A panoramic photo of the site.

3) Today's crowd at the groundbreaking event.








Date: 10/21/11 20:17
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: F40PHR231

Folks from the City of Portland (city council), TriMet (the transit agency), Portland Streetcar, Union Pacific, ORHF and others took turns praising this project and all those involved who worked together to make it happen. The reality of this project really starts to settle in once you hear high ranking speakers talk about it.

4) Mike Lindberg (former commissioner), and Commissioner Nick Fish.

5) Neil McFarlane, TriMet General Manager

6) Brock Nelson, Union Pacific



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Date: 10/21/11 20:26
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: F40PHR231

7) Doyle McCormack, President of ORHF, stood to thank individuals and groups for their efforts.

8) Doyle praises Kim Knox and Shiels Obletz Johnsen (SOJ) for their hard work.

9) Gordon Zimmerman, who donated the initial $1,000,000, gets a standing ovation!








Date: 10/21/11 20:31
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: F40PHR231

10) Gordon Zimmerman rings the locomotive bell, signifying the start of construction of the new facility. Everyone on hand had wooden whistles, which sounded shortly after the bell.

11) Nick Fish had the honor to run the excavator for the ceremonial breaking of ground.

12) Dick Samuels, of Oregon Pacific Railroad, was recognized for allowing ORHF to use OPR tracks in order to run fundraising Holiday Express trains since 2005.








Date: 10/21/11 20:36
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: F40PHR231

13) Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), our new neighbors across the street, was there to welcome the new neighbor and provided various gadgets for kids (and adults!).

14) Models of the 700 and 4449.

15) ORHF is now on the map, and it's going to be an exciting future not only for the steam locomotives and their respective volunteer organizations, but also for the City of Portland and partners involved. Next year, people will be able to ride Portland Streetcar to the new facility, and in 2015 a new MAX line to Milwaukie, OR will also stop here.

Thanks for looking, and be sure to support ORHF at http://www.orhf.org !








Date: 10/21/11 20:42
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: rminer

Congrats!! Awesome to get that project underway.



Date: 10/21/11 21:32
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: nycman

Thanks, Chris. Sure wish I could have been there. Gordo donated a million??? Wow. I guess I'm a pauper.



Date: 10/22/11 01:49
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: LoggerHogger

This has been a long time coming with lots of work by many folks. We have even more work ahead, but it was great to get this milestone behind us.

Gordon's generous donation was certainly a huge catalyst to this project from day one. I am glad you recorded the event for us Chris.

Martin



Date: 10/22/11 02:26
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: PennRailVideos

Looks great and it's great to see the city coming together to push a museum like this forward. When it's finished, I'm definitely taking a week's vacation to Oregon!



Date: 10/22/11 03:48
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: co614

Hearty congratulations to Doyle and the many, many others whose hard work and dedication made this possible. Great to know that these machines will have an appropriate home for long into the future.

Best of good luck finishing the task!!

Ross Rowland



Date: 10/22/11 06:25
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: Keystone1

Anybody but me notice that this steam event seems to attract mostly people over 60? What about future generations of steam people?



Date: 10/22/11 06:33
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: haneckow

The under 60 crowd was probably at work (this was on a weekday) or at home with their kid (as I was)- You see a much more varied crowds age wise at the Holiday Express trains pulled behind Portland steam.



Date: 10/22/11 07:26
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: YG

It's been a long road for this project, but thanks to the generous contributions, hard work, and vision of so many individuals and groups, a milestone has been reached! I'm looking forward to seeing progress and completion of this important facility.

Thanks Chris, for sharing this event.

Steve Mitchell
http://www.yardgoatimages.com



Date: 10/22/11 07:57
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: TimBo611

Keystone1 Wrote:
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> Anybody but me notice that this steam event seems
> to attract mostly people over 60? What about
> future generations of steam people?

Perhaps the future generations of steam people are tired of curmudgeonly posts on the internet telling them they shouldn't hang flags on steam locomotives.

But seriously, major congrats to ORHF, and best wishes for them in the future. Looking forward to visiting this beautiful facility some day!



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Date: 10/22/11 09:42
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: kurtarmbruster

A great, great day for Pacific Northwest railroad preservation! My heartiest salute to Doyle and the many others who worked so long for this--all generations will appreciate and applaud this accomplishment. Bravo! Kurt.



Date: 10/22/11 14:59
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: weather

I had the good fortune of escorting Gordon Zimmerman during the two trips on #4449 ran from Portland to Wisharm over the July 4th weekend. This philanthropist has a long history of donating to railroad causes over 5 decades including groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Portland. He is slowing down a little and is using a walker for stability but he still is sharp as a tack and has many stories to tell. I feel lucky to have heard many of those as a car host for two day behind the $4449. It is no mystery that the baggage car behind the #449's tender is named in his honor! Mr. Zimmerman has always put his money where his mouth is to the delight of many. The New building is a testament to his desire to see a safe and secure home for the three engines from Oak Park. ---Mike Pechner



Date: 10/22/11 17:38
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: Margaret_SP_fan

Many, many congratulations to Doyle and
everyone who worked --and are still working --
to make this dream a reality. This was indeed
a momentous day. Thanks, Gordon, for your
great generosity. :)



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Date: 10/22/11 21:44
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: asheldrake

GREAT posting Chris. As I told the PNWC-NRHS members attending our meeting that evening, this day is a VERY big deal
in Portland history and railroad preservation in general. It has been 50+ years since the city of Portland solicited
these locomotive donations.......they will now finaly have a permanent home.

this ground breaking event was primarily for the All Aboard steering committee members who have guided and pushed
the ORHF fund raising effort. and yes, most of these movers and shakers are old.......well me also;
they know where the $$$ are. rest assured that
the displays that we will be developing with OMSI will have kids as a major focus as does our Holiday Express
event.

More than 260 folk attended this event......and yes, I would also vote Gordon to Saint Hood..............

Thanks again Chris for the excellent pictures!!!! Arlen



Date: 10/23/11 06:43
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: Jbarton

Thank you Chris for documenting this event. Congratulations to all involved and I certainly look forward to following the progress.

Jim Barton



Date: 10/23/11 08:49
Re: Groundbreaking for 4449, 700, and 197's new home!
Author: dan

the zimmerman building



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