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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.

Reluctantly, we are cancelling Santa’s Enginehouse

Starting December 3, a new framework for Covid-19 restrictions in Oregon based on infection rates took effect. Multnomah County, and many other counties, are categorized as at Extreme Risk for covid spread. Among many restrictions, museums cannot open. For the past month, the number of new cases in our county has far exceeded the threshold …

The 4449 Pepsi Connection

by Arlen L. Sheldrake Most of us have heard the story of the funding for the American Freedom Train Foundation and how PepsiCo was the first million dollar donor toward the project. That story is true, but there is more to the story. On September 23 Wes Camp posted information about an obituary published September …

New Dates for Santa’s Enginehouse

Concerned about a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, Oregon’s governor has called for a two-week “freeze” statewide – and a four-week freeze in Portland’s Multnomah County, where Oregon Rail Heritage Center is located. Among new protective measures, in place Nov. 16-Dec. 18, museums will be closed. Consequently, we are changing the dates of Santa’s Enginehouse, …

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.