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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.

ORHF Featured in Video by Eisenbahn-Romantik

While this video is intended primarily for the German audience, it gives the American and Pacific Northwest rail history buffs a perspective of what is important to our friends in Germany. I found the entire filming crew to be very interested in what we do and how we do it. And as an Oregon native, I developed a greater appreciation for what they filmed in Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Coming Alive Trackside by Ken Byers

The term “social distancing” may have been coined by a dedicated train watcher, a railfan with a beach chair in his trunk, bottled water in the cooler, a radio tuned to the railroads’ frequencies, and the prerequisite empty jug for what can only be put off so long. He also knows the routes of the area railroads and even has a good idea as to the schedules.

COVID-19 Statement

To Oregon Rail Heritage Center’s treasured family, What strange times we are living through. Though our doors are shuttered for the time being, we’re fortunate to be able to reach out electronically. We hope all of you are safe and healthy at home. Though work on our engines and rail cars has been suspended, we’re …

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.