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Preserving, Educating, & Celebrating

Portland's historic locomotives, railroad equipment, and artifacts.

Explore the Magic

Did you know Portland is the only U.S. city to own two operating steam locomotives? Explore and get up close to these giant marvels of the past.

On Saturdays, starting April 4, 2020, after you’ve taken in the latest exhibit, hop aboard the charming, family-owned Oregon Pacific Railroad passenger train for the short trip down to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. All aboard!

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The Turntable Project

ORHF has acquired the last remaining historic element of the Brooklyn Roundhouse – a 102’ turntable built in 1924 by the American Bridge Company. Railroads and rail yards have depended on turntables since the early 1900’s to rotate locomotives & railcars from one track to another. Over the next year, the Foundation will be refurbishing and installing this vintage piece of rail history at our Center on Southeast Water Avenue in Portland.


Mother’s Day Dessert Ride

Celebrate Mom! EXPRESS Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation. Robert Heinlein Celebrate all the mothers in your life. Train rides depart from and return to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, traveling along the scenic Springwater Corridor in the heart of Portland. Your ticket includes a 45-minute train ride, dessert buffet and …


Hop on board! Our Historic Train Ride.

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center and the Oregon Pacific Railroad are partnering to offer weekly train rides along the Springwater. April 16th – Celebrate the return of Spring with our first-ever Easter Bunny Express! Ride through the scenic Springwater Corridor in the heart of Portland! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board greeting …


Oregon Pacific Railroad Saturday Rides

The family fun Saturday Train Rides are back – Starting April 23rd Enjoy a scenic 45-minute trip along the east bank of the Willamette River and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to Oaks Park, where you are welcome to get off and back on later at no additional cost. Cars include at least one caboose and …

With your help, ORHF has done wonders.

Your generous donations help keep the Oregon Rail Heritage Center free to everyone. We thank you sincerely and so do all the kids of all ages that love trains.