Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Rail Services • Educational sites • History Museums
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Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Only working Steam Railroad Museum in Oregon. We have three vintage steam locomotives, machine shop, rail history exhibits, gift shop, and space for birthday parties. 10-mile train rides on Saturdays, Holiday Express train trips in November/December. Home to the American Freedom Train, driven 32,000 miles across America during the Bicentennial. This GS-4 locomotive is the last operating steam locomotive of its kind (Streamliner, created in an art deco motif), and is the most photographed engine in the world.
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Enip S
8 contributions
Jan 2022
Such a wonderful collection of railroad locomotives, passenger cars, and other memorabilia. Admission is free, the Docents are very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can see 4 kinds of working rail transportation from one spot: Passenger Trains (AMTRAK), Freight Trains (Union Pacific), Light Rail (Trimet's MAX) and Private Excursion trains (Oregon Pacific Railroad). With special displays for the kids,it is easy to spend all day there!
Written January 7, 2022
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Tom S
London4 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
A truly amazing place to visit if you like anything to do with trains . See the beautiful locomotive 4449 and see others being preserved for the future . It has a great little gift shop and during the holiday season runs a train of lights . A great day out for the young and not so young .
Written September 26, 2022
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margaretcov
Portland, OR314 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Although a bit hard to find (thank heavens for smart phones) what a great place to visit with train lovers and children. Do check the schedule as the hours can change. The museum is free and the train ride, roundtrip, from the museum to Oaks Bottom is only $5. What at bargain. The man who took our tickets told us to ride the last car because we could stand outside. That was wonderful for many reasons - the views, it was cool out there, and the kids loved it. The car has staterooms (a bit in disrepair but fun to see) and much of the old decor - the trim, lights, etc. It was grand fun.

The museum has engines both in and out and being lovingly restored by a host of volunteers. There is lots of good educational data. Our grandchildren, 6 and 8, had a super time.

When coming and going from the parking (follow the signs), do watch the signs since you have to cross the trolley tracks.
Written July 1, 2015
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Eva W
9 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Experienced racism right and centered at this place. I get it this place is run by volunteers but doesn't mean that we get treated however they want. The white people with their kids ahead of us were allowed up the viewing platform but me and my kids who looked Asian were signaled not to as the previous kids came down from the platform. I thought the volunteer was following covid practice but found out that she allowed more white people up who were lining up after us then I realized what just happened. I went up there to asked the volunteer why did she not allow my kids up. She's like, oh I didnt know you speak English, make sure your kids don't climb in the train. I answered sure I will make sure that I watch them so they dont. Then she went on and said "No, I, will be watching them so they don't". This is outrageous, she totally didn't stop the white kids ahead of us who were a lot less well behaved from touching all over the place. I was thinking on the way in I should donate to this place as we love trains and probably will come back often. On the way out, I don't think they deserve it.
Written April 5, 2021
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We are terribly sorry for your experience at the Center. This incident does not reflect our values. We strive to welcome diversity, ensure inclusion, and practice equity in every aspect of our operations. We will address this incident with our volunteers to ensure that they know this form of discrimination is wrong and unacceptable here and anywhere. We would be grateful if you would contact us and be willing to talk more about your experience. You can reach us at info@orhf.org or 503.233.1156. Thank you Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Written April 28, 2021
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eatout1962
Cary, NC66 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Located close to OMSI it makes a nice quick visit in conjunction with OMSI or as a stand alone. THe staff is excellent and exceeded my expectations in knowledge and willingness to work with guests. The set-up itself is new and nice, but lacks much to draw a more causal rail fan in.
Written February 3, 2015
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sp4301
Medford, OR1,911 contributions
This new museum is a great addition to Portland. The growing display of working locomotives in both steam and diesel are an impressive sight. The locomotives are not just static displays. The steam engines are being rebuilt, restored or inspected, giving you an opportunity to see more than just an outer shell of these beautiful machines.

Two iconic, operating steam locomotives are based here. The Southern Pacific 4449 (aka The Daylight) is a magnificent machine. The Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700 is also quite impressive and is preparing for a trip to the Pendleton Round-Up later this year.

Classic first-generation diesel locomotives are here as well, beautiful machines!

In addition to the trains and work you can see and learn about, you can also ride one to Oaks Park (a great attraction itself) for a small fee.

You get a complete train experience here. My family really enjoyed it and I know I'll be back to see the work progress.
Written July 22, 2014
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Stephen F Fowler
Portland, OR147 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
What city in all of North America, if not the world, owns two of the most classic steam locomotives EVER! Portland, Oregon. While not on the scale of the Cal State Rail Museum in Sacramento, this attraction is all about preservation of the mechanical enginuity that is a steam locomotive. And, there is added attractions- vintage diesel locomotives restored by Doyle McCormack and a locomotive-in-progress from the early 1900's.
The museum is nothing short of amazing, having been displaced from Union Pacific property a couple years ago. It's next to the UP main line from California, tucked between the interchange with Oregon Pacific, and a spittin' distance from Oregon's own Oregon Museum of Science & Industry. AND... it's all accessible using the city trolley system.
So,, what's in there? The famous 4449 Southern Pacific Daylight locomotive; the fabulous SP&S 700, and the work-in-progress OR&N 197. All of these locomotives were once left rusting in a static display just south of the museum... so much better to have them operational.
You can make a total day between this attraction and OMSI, not to mention a lovely walk along the waterfront. You're going to experience trains of all kinds- trolleys and mainline freights, with Amtrak sprinkled in there from time to time. C'mon.... immerse yourself in the rail heritage that is Oregon.

http://www.orhf.org/
Written April 15, 2014
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Sujet
Bellingham, WA26 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
This is a hard-to-find gem, I'm sure when the local construction projects are completed there will be better access. This is a fairly new building at 2250 SE Water Avenue just down the road from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. ( It helps to follow the OMSI signs, which are many.) Amazing vintage steam engines are housed here, including the magnificent SP 4449 and ORGN 197. I used to ride the Southern Pacific Daylight from San Francisco to Los Angeles when I was little, and I like to think that one of the trains I took was pulled by this particular steam engine, the 4449. Free admission; donations appreciated. A nice gift shop on the premises.
Written November 9, 2012
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radios
Union, MO113 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
This museum is unique in that it is a working machine shop that maintains the vintage steam and diesel engines, and keeps them running. Our favorite engine was the Daylight. The best part of this museum are the volunteers who give their time and experience to visitors. They answer questions and point out the various functions of the engines. On a lucky day you can meet the Engineer of the Daylight, Doyle McCormack who was the engineer on the Daylight and one of the main promoters of the museum. I cannot thank Doyle and all the volunteers enough.
Written March 29, 2019
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Walter H
Clackamas39 contributions
Aug 2018 • Business
Take the Orange train, just a few steps from a station stop. Great stop for people from out out of town to visit.
Written August 7, 2018
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