Emery Trust makes special grant to help completion of SP&S 700

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Emery Rail Heritage Trust is awarding a special mid-year grant of $35,000 to help the Pacific Railroad Preservation Assocation complete the boiler inspection and repair on Spokane, Portland & Seattle 4-8-4 No. 700. The grant will move the association close to its funding goals to return the 1938 Baldwin locomotive to service. Final reassembly of the locomotive is in progress, with superheaters, firebox fire brick, welding, and insulation and jacketing still to be completed.

“We greatly appreciate the Emery Rail Heritage Trust’s support of the PRPA, and our efforts to restore the 700 to service,” association president Steve Sedaker said in a press release. “The trust has also supported our sister volunteer groups that are part of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, which operates the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. This grant puts us on track to return the 700 to service in 2021 and utilize her for ORHF activities as well as various community activities.”

The 700 is one of three locomotives owned by the City of Portland and maintained at the heritage center, along with Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 449 and Oregon Railway & Navigation 4-6-2 No. 197. The completion of the $250,000 project to return No. 700 to steam will allow it to be used for excursions such as the Holiday Express, along with other activities.

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust supports the love of its creator, the late John Emery, for the Golden Age of U.S. railroading and is the largest of its kind devoted to railwaypreservation.

To support the efforts of the association, a 501 c(3) non-profit, donate online at the SPS 700 website, or by sending a check to PRPA, P.O. Box 2851, Portland, OR 97208.

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