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Remembering John R. Magnusson

 

John was born on June 7, 1954, in Corvallis, where he grew up. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1972, enlisted in the Air Force, and later worked for tech companies. Upon retirement, volunteered at the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, Friends of SP 4449, and the Oregon Pacific Railroad working on the restoration and preservation of railroad cars and engines. John was one of four founding board members for Dynamic Rail Preservation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving railroad history for generations to come.

Here are some photos of work he's done over the years.

 


JRM working on former Amtrak #231.

 


JRM working on former Amtrak #231.


JRM (in orange) helping set up cab tours at Springwater Trail grand opening in 2003.

 


JRM (in orange) hosting cab tours of #231 at Springwater Trail grand opening in 2003.


JRM on board ORHF tour of Oregon Pacific Railroad in SE Portland.

 


Needlescaling #231 in prep for a paint job at Brooklyn Roundhouse.

 


For Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation's first Holiday Express event in 2005,
John Magnusson engineered a system
to decorate the SP 4449
steam locomotive and the entire Holiday Express consist with lights.


JRM putting final touches on Holiday Express signage in 2005.



JRM pounding some spikes in the rails.

 


JRM had plenty of humor, such as posing with a
"shrunken" pilot truck, a hilarious photo op that got a
full page print in Trains Magazine.



JRM welcoming riders on the Gordon Zimmerman baggage car.

 


JRM staffing the trail at ORHF's Holiday Express



JRM stripping paint inside Gordon Zimmerman baggage
car #5659 at Brooklyn Roundhouse.

 


JRM operating the Brooklyn Yard turntable.



JRM and Glenn masking #231 in prep for orange stripe.

 


JRM preparing #231 for its orange stripe.



JRM and Harvey working at the Corvallis Squarehouse.

 


JRM taking tickets for ORHF's Holiday Express.



JRM working on SP 4449.

 


JRM assisting with reassembly of SP 4449 steam locomotive rods.



JRM installing one of SP 4449 rod bearings (they're heavy!)

 


JRM staffing a dome car on the Puget Sound Steam Special in 2007 (near Seattle).



JRM working on #231's radiator grills.

 


JRM staffing an ORHF open house at Brooklyn Roundhouse.



JRM prepping Oregon Rail & Navigation Co. steam locomotive #197 for paint.

 


JRM prepping Oregon Rail & Navigation Co. steam locomotive #197 for paint.



JRM decorating a roundend observation car, SP #2955, for Holiday Express.

 


JRM working as director of ORHF's Holiday Express, one of the
largest fundraisers for the museum in Portland.



JRM working inside locomotive #231.

 


JRM standing next to Gordon Zimmerman baggage car.



JRM assisting with Gordon Zimmerman baggage car work.

 


JRM assisting with Gordon Zimmerman baggage car work.



JRM assisting with changing out wheelsets.

 


JRM helping visitors view SP 4449's cab at Cruisin' Sherwood event in Sherwood, Oregon.



JRM with fellow DynaRail directors Chris and Lance.

 


JRM staffing steam locomotive cab viewing at Cruisin' Sherwood.



JRM shortly after completing the repainting of OR&N 197's drivers.

 


JRM assisting with Holiday Express during a snowy day.



JRM interacting with guests on SP 4449's trip to Train Festival.

 


JRM supporting concession sales on SP 4449's big trip to Train Festival in 2009.



JRM selling hats and calendars at SP 4449 service stops across Montana and North Dakota in 2009.

 


A rare occasion: taking a break in the Milwaukee Road Superdome car in North Dakota.



JRM selling hats and calendars at SP 4449 service stops across Montana and North Dakota in 2009.

 


JRM assisting with fundraising at Train Festival in Alma, Michigan.



JRM facilitating cab tours at National Train Day at Portland's Union Station.

 


JRM greeting guests at the grand opening of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in 2012.



JRM interacting with guests at grand opening of Oregon Rail
Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon.

 


JRM working the ticket booth at Portland Union Station for
SP 4449's trip to Bend, Oregon.



JRM observing the moving of DynaRail #6976 and #231 out of NW Portland storage.

 


JRM observing the moving of DynaRail #6976 and #231 out of NW Portland storage.


JRM interacting with guests at National Train Day in Ogden, Utah.

 


JRM working on board Oregon Pacific Railroad's passenger excursion along scenic Willamette River.



JRM at Union Pacific's steam shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming (he is an ardent supporter of 844 and 4014).


JRM was no stranger to finding items worthy of repurposing, such as a half dozen
oversized bristles from a military surplus store in Ogden, Utah to be used
on the bottom of the locomotive shop doors at ORHF's facility.



JRM working on #6976's roof in Ogden, Utah.

 


JRM working as a conductor on Oregon Pacific Railroad's passenger excursion.



JRM tending to the collection at Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden, Utah.

 


JRM interacting with staff and guests during Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 move at Ogden, Utah.



JRM checking out and supporting the live steamers at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City, NV.

 


JRM working inside the locomotive shop at Nevada State Railroad Museum.



JRM and Daryl working on #231's undercarriage.

 


JRM and Daryl working on #231's roof.



JRM working on #6976's roof as a Nevada Southern Railway train passes by.

 


JRM and Daryl working on #231's roof.



JRM working on #6976's roof in effort to stop rain from leaking in.

 


JRM cutting strips for #6976's roof.



JRM (in dark blue) working a Nevada Southern Railway train,
on which he received his conductor qualifications.

 


JRM at Nevada State Railroad Museum Governor's Silver Spike event in 2018.



JRM's memorial.

 


Military honors at the memorial, attended by friends and family from
Washington, Nevada, Texas, and Ontario Canada.

 



#6976 was fired up within weeks of JRM's passing: it ran
in tandem with NSRM's #844 for the memorial.

 


#6976 was fired up within weeks of JRM's passing: it ran
in tandem with NSRM's #844 for the memorial.



#6976 was fired up within weeks of JRM's passing: it ran
in tandem with NSRM's #844 for the memorial.

 


#6976 was fired up within weeks of JRM's passing: it ran
in tandem with NSRM's #844 for the memorial.



#6976 was fired up within weeks of JRM's passing: it ran
in tandem with NSRM's #844 for the memorial.

 


#6976 was fired up within weeks of JRM's passing: it ran
in tandem with NSRM's #844 for the memorial.


 

 

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