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Preserving, Educating, & Celebrating

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

Saturday Train Rides

From April through October, we offer train rides along the east bank of the scenic Willamette River.

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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.

Volunteer Spotlight – Neil and Betty Ferris

There aren’t many couples who volunteer together at the Center. We are fortunate to have Neil and Betty Ferris as one of those couples. Their involvement at ORHC began in August of 2012, about one month before the Center opened. Always interested in trains of all types and sizes, they received an email from a …

Volunteer Spotlight – Patty Savage

Patty is a lover of all things transportation! Besides her obvious love of trains, Patty is a huge fan of hot air balloons. Since 1997, she has volunteered for several balloon festivals, helping to launch balloons and take them down. She is happy to ride in the balloon whenever necessary or participate as a member …

Train Time the Documentary

Climb aboard for the biggest adventure on wheels! Showing at OMSI’s Empirical Theater, Stephen Low’s documentary Train Time propels audiences through the rugged beauty and vastness of the American landscape. Join the crew of a giant freight train for an eye-popping, music-infused journey across America, featuring the iconic Southern Pacific 4449 locomotive. Advance tickets are …

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.