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Preserving, Educating, & Celebrating

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

The Holiday Express

The Holiday Express has been a Portland tradition since 2005! Come join Santa and his elves, riding in vintage rail cars pulled by the powerful, world-famous SP 4449 steam locomotive. The perfect way to start your holiday season.

Tickets on sale now!

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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, 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!


The Turntable Project

ORHF has acquired the last remaining historic element of the Brooklyn Roundhouse – a 100’ turntable built in 1924 by the American Bridge Company. 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.


Press Release: Historic Railroad Projects Get New Grants

At its March 2019 meeting, the National Railway Historical Society awarded two grants to projects at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center on SE Water Avenue in Portland. The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF) received an $8,000 award towards the refurbishment and installation of a 100’ continuous turntable, the last remaining historic element of the former …


PDX Train Watching: Wilsonville

This is the first of an occasional series on where to go for train watching in the greater Portland Metropolitan Area. Wilsonville is a community about fifteen miles southwest of Portland. It is the south end of TriMet’s rail WES (Westside Express Service) route, and on the Portland and Western rail line between Albany and …

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.