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The Daylight engine draws many photographers as it chugs up the Deschutes River Canyon railroad.

PHOTO BY DAVID BROWNELL - The Daylight locomotive crosses the Madras trestle, headed toward Bend, on Saturday evening.Central Oregon train aficionados were treated this weekend as the "The Daylight" steam locomotive traveled from Portland to Bend, drawing crowds along the tracks.

The Daylight is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad's (today's Union Pacific) GS-4 class of steam locomotives.

Built in 1941, the locomotive spent its early career pulling the Coast Daylight passenger train between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

It was retired in 1956 and donated to the City of Portland in 1958. It was on static display at Oaks Amusement Park until 1974.

It was brought back to action for the American Freedom Train program, touring the lower 48 states during the bicentenial.

It continues to be used for excursions, and its operations are based out of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland.

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