Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Oregon Rail Heritage Center, Portland: Hours, Address, Oregon Rail Heritage Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Oregon Rail Heritage Center
4.5
Rail Services • Educational sites • History Museums
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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1-2 hours
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Eva W
9 contributions
Experienced racism
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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POSHtravelier
Waterbury, VT209 contributions
Limited collection
Aug 2020
They have a few, good pieces of equipment, pretty much what is pictures. There is more to the collection that is not accessible, which is a shame. Staff is friendly and their mission of preservation is worthy.
Written August 25, 2020
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counselme
Palmetto, FL126 contributions
A fun place!
Nov 2019
It may not be the biggest railroad museum, but it has some great locomotives and very passionate volunteers. I love that it is totally funded by donations.
Written November 17, 2019
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DATD
Portland, OR5 contributions
Holiday Train - OK activity, Horrible Ticket Purchasing Experience
Oct 2019
This is a review specifically of the Holiday Express. This is the second year in a row that we have been less than satisfied with the purchasing process for the Holiday Train. The website is so poorly setup through whatever service they use, that it defaults to the wrong times, doesn't function in all browsers and ultimately can lead to easily purchasing the wrong tickets. And when you accidentally do that, they offer no refunds and push you into buying more, even when caught immediately. We have also had the experience of the tickets never showing up in the mail and having to argue to have them reprinted and held for us at will-call.

While the experience itself is fun for kids, as a parent it is extremely frustrating to go through the purchasing process and deal with the less than stellar customer service.
Written October 22, 2019
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We are very sorry your experience with purchasing tickets was so frustrating. These experiences certainly can make the holiday season feel more exasperating. We are working on finding a more user-friendly ticketing solution for our future Holiday Express Train rides. Please note that you are always welcome to call the office at 503.233.1156 and we are happy to help with any issues you experience while purchasing tickets. Thank you for your feedback – it’s helpful for us in order to achieve the customer service level we continually strive for. All our best this holiday season. Thank you. Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Written December 5, 2019
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Tom Smilks
3 contributions
I love Trains
Sep 2019
My family has always been into trains. I take train rides whenever I get a chance. The price of this place being free is amazing but I made sure to donate.
Written September 28, 2019
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Rail33333
31 contributions
So cool
Aug 2018 • Family
I am a big historical fan and this museum has a operating rail segment to the local amusement park. You can get hands on and feel these old locomotives up close and personal. Cant miss attraction for history, rail buffs, and Transit buffs.
Written July 28, 2019
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lyleh2018
Cincinnati, OH4 contributions
Went to see the famous "Daylight Locomotive"
May 2019
Went to see the famous "Daylight Locomotive" and was not disappointed. Seeing the ALCO Nickel Plate Road diesel unit was an unexpected pleasure. The volunteers who man the place are very well versed on the locomotives and would love to share with you.
Written July 2, 2019
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joel l
Portugal15 contributions
Total family fun.
May 2019 • Family
This is the place to bring your entire family for some nice fun. The old steam engines are such unbelievable.
Written June 10, 2019
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faded
1 contribution
small but nice
May 2019 • Family
The caboose tour was highlight for five year old son. I thought it was cool to see the repair shop with heavy presses and metal works to maintain the old trains.
Written May 22, 2019
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PickyBaer
Portland, OR289 contributions
Family Fun
Feb 2019 • Friends
Friends with kids from out of town? Need to get out of the rain so the poor people won't melt? This is the place.
Written March 31, 2019
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