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Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Portland

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The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a railway museum in Portland, Oregon. Along with other rolling stock, the museum houses three steam locomotives owned by the City of Portland: Southern Pacific 4449, Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700, and Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. 197, the first two of which are restored and operable. The center opened to the public on September 22, 2012. The project to establish the center was led by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2002.BackgroundORHF was tasked with finding a new home for the three city-owned locomotives, after planned changes by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) made it apparent that the locomotives would need to be moved out of their longtime home in the UP's (formerly Southern Pacific's) Brooklyn Roundhouse, a 1941-built roundhouse in Southeast Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood. ORHF comprises several entities, including railway preservation and railfan groups as well as the city's Bureau of Parks & Recreation.
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  • This place is run by volunteers. it's a smallish setup with three big steam locomotives and a selection of diesel locomotives. If you rush you can get around this in 30 minutes but if you want to delv...  more »
  • Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids? Has the rain this fall/winter season have you or your kids getting restless? Need something to do that is fun, interesting, and doesn't take but...  more »
  • If you are a train lover and really interested in rail history, this will be a special experience. The idea of being able to walk around an old steam train engine and see how massive it was makes rail...  more »
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  • Wonderful location on operating Union Pacific mainline with numerous UP and PW freights and the occasional intercity passenger train. Massive relics of the steam era in the form of SP 4449 and SP&S 700, volunteers willing to explain the railroad history of Portland and all passing trains (high priority, passenger, manifest, etc.) Just go to spend an afternoon here and be sure to bring your camera, really long trains around here are going just 10 mph because they have to make a sharp turn onto the Steel Bridge to cross the Willamette, so great place to observe the detail. Old and new meet at this terrific locale. Definitely the best thing in the entire state of Oregon. FYI, I am a train lover, so this might by slightly exaggerated, but really, great place to come.
  • Great place to visit especially if you like trains the place is not that big on the plus side OMSI is down the street plus the trimet stop is near too
  • I love this place! you get to see the 4449 in its glory! Excellent museum! i am going to visit there again from Tacoma, WA soon and i know it will be excellent!
  • As others have said, you can't walk around on the trains and the facility currently has just 4 engines on display. However, they have questionnaires for different age groups of kids to fill out for a prize that my kids loved working on. They have to read descriptions, observe the trains, and ask the docents questions to answer all the questions and they learned so much and had fun. We adults also had a great time hearing stories and historical tidbits from the docents describing how Portland came to own (and nearly lose) these impressive engines that are either operational or being refurbished to run by a team of dedicated volunteers. So worth a few hours out of your weekend to visit this gem!
  • Great place for train enthusiasts young and old. 4 engines on display inside, and short train rides to oaks park in the summer.