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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.


Podcast: Visiting Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Here is our latest edition of Talking Steam Trains. Join Ken Byers and Arlen Sheldrake as they discuss a recent visit to the Enginehouse.


Podcast: Kim Knox on the Turntable Project

On the latest Talking Steam Trains podcast, hear architect and project manager for the turntable project, Kim Knox, discuss what lies ahead as the Oregon Rail Heritage Center prepares to break ground on this exciting and crucial next step in the Center’s growth.


Podcast: Pat Tracy – Talking Steam Trains

At the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, we’re all about steam locomotives. You wouldn’t think boiling water could be that complicated, but when it comes to steam locomotives, it is! This is our first podcast of what will be an ongoing series of discussions with people who maintain steam locomotives and the challenges to do it right (meaning, don’t blow up the boiler).

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.