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Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Portland

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
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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  • You don't have to be a railroad fanatic to get something out of this attraction, just to see the Daylight 449 takes you back to a time when travel was exciting and not a stationary line on the I5. Be ...  read more »
  • My son had a summer camp at OMSI and this Center was at the top of his list. Only disappointment: It wasn't open Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. We had to wait til Thursday! It was super hot, like 100 d...  read more »
  • This is a lovely little place, staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and funded by voluntary donations (no admission fee). The whole place is new and beautifully clean and there is plenty to keep kids oc...  read more »
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