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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  • The restored trains were gigantic and amazing, the men have done an excellent job restoring these big beasts, fun activity for about an hour, nice little gift store, a lot of history available to see ...  more »
  • We took our granddaughter for the Holiday Train ride on a Saturday afternoon. Compared to the Hood River train trip we took last year, this is a total waste of time. Tickets for 4 cost $92 and we each...  more »
  • This small when compared to other Museum houses one of the few remaining locomotives steam locomotives "streamlined" in conditions of operation and it is painted in the colors of the legendary train Daylight which is the SP 4449. There are also other locomotives, including catering and many passenger cars that are engaged in trips to the Pacific coast from time to time. If you go to the region, write before the Museum and ask him if he's scheduled a trip. At the exit there is a shop with several articles and souvenirs and aldo a wagon type external caboose. The Museum is relatively small but the collection is huge and very rare value.
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  • Very interesting place to visit. If you have any interest in trains whatsoever then I would certainly suggest popping in and taking a look around. They have a few engines that are being restored on site in the custom-built building. It’s run by volunteers and survives on donations, grants and profits from the shop. Entry is free, and we were told that if we enjoyed it a donation we felt appropriate would be gratefully received - something that I would certainly encourage!
  • Free museum which is good. Docents were a little gruff but they were all volunteers. Only one out of three were able to answer my questions about the mechanism of the steam locomotive. Otherwise its a great place to take kids.
  • 4449 was being prepped to steam up for their holiday trains; an interesting process to observe and learn about. 700 is in the middle of it's FRA-mandated 15-year inspection. Go check it out!
  • My son is absolutely in love with this place. They have a few tables with Thomas-type trains for kids to play with, a few engines in the house, (real) train rides in Saturday’s, and friendly volunteers. It’s free to the public with a suggested donation of $5/person.
  • A great time for the whole family. Lots of historical information about the local area. A handful of amazing engines to see up close. We took the train from oaks bottom which made it even more special. Our daughter loved every moment!
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