Steam locomotive to pass through Niles

Published 9:17 am Friday, July 17, 2009

Southern Pacific GS-4 4-8-4 No. 4449, a steam locomotive built by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio in May 1941, will be passing through Niles, Sunday, July 19, leading a passenger train toward Owosso, site of Train Festival 2009, where is will be participating in “America’s Largest Railroad Celebration in 2009” from July 23-26.

The special train, which began its journey from Portland, Ore. July 3, will not be stopping in Niles. The train is estimated to travel at 45 miles per hour and to pass through Niles between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., following the departure of Amtrak Wolverine train 350 from Niles, after which it will pass through Dowagiac.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the glory days of railroading.