Following our run over Cornelius Pass, the engine steamed over to Tigard to help celebrate the grand opening of the West Side light rail (WES) Sept. 11-13. Then we participated in the Train Days event on September 24th & 25th. We showed off the engine and gave Operation Lifesaver presentations to over two thousand 4th and 5th grade kids from the Tigard and Tualatin School Districts. Next, on the 26th and 27th, the Lady pulled a series of two-hour excursions between Hillsboro and Cook Junction (Tigard). The next two days were spent with another display and Operation Lifesaver presentation series, this time in Beaverton (at PNWR's St. Mary's yard) entertaining another 960 fourth and fifth graders. Finally, on the evening of the 29th, we headed back home to Brooklyn, but we didn't "run light." Instead, we were assigned as the lead power to the Portland & Western's "Brooklyn Hauler" in charge of a 61-car freight train of about 4000 tons.
In Tigard, elementary school children were brought to see the a real steam locomotive and also to go through an Operation Lifesaver exhibit. Photo by Frances Matlock
The 700 has just crossed Murray Blvd in Beaverton and is proceeding west past the St. Mary's school. Photo by John Hyde
At St. Marys yard in Beaverton, elementary school children were brought to see the a real steam locomotive and also to go through an Operation Lifesaver exhibit. Photo by Frances Matlock