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Preserving, Educating, & Celebrating

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

Open-Air Train Rides

From March through October, we offer open-air train rides along the east bank of the scenic Willamette River. These excursions are pulled by the historic UP96 diesel locomotive.

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The Holiday Express is now on sale!

The Holiday Express is running November 24 - December 17th. Join Santa Claus and his elves for a magical ride behind the 1912 Polson #2 steam locomotive. Decorated in festive cheer, the heated vintage rail cars transport you along the Willamette River in the heart of the city.

Volunteer Spotlight – John Pohlpeter

John Pohlpeter can be seen at the Enginehouse most Wednesdays, and many other days as well. A fireman on the SP 4449 crew, John also works on the Polson #2 during Holiday Express. He is passionate about the Center and the locomotives and is always one of the first to jump in when help of …

Update on the SP&S 700

On August 27, the SP&S 700 was pulled outside and a refurbished Westinghouse Cross Compound Air Compressor was installed. See the before and after below!

Volunteer Spotlight – Scott Davidson

A life-long lover of trains, Scott Davidson (known as Scotty around here) became a volunteer at ORHC in 2019. Encouraged by his mom, he found it a great way to give back to the community. He loves spending afternoons in the Enginehouse as a docent and says the people—both volunteers and visitors—are the key to …

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.