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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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  • 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 »
  • If one is in Portland one must stop by the home of Southern Pacific Daylight 4449. The quintessential Art Deco embodiment of the golden age of steam train travel. Also in residence a Spokane, Portland...  more »
  • A house of giant steam engines. The SP4449, SP&S700 and the OR&N197 are on display for all to see. Knowledgeable docents will walk you around the steam engines and tell you all about their history. If...  more »