Podcast: Pat Tracy

At the Oregon Rail Heritage Center we’re 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, …

Video: Working on the Railroad

Presented by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, the video is a stop action look at what happens when the trains have to be rearranged. The soundtrack features the voices of the Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir and the banjo of Paul Drews. This may well be the best two minutes you spend all day.

Video: Challenges of Steam

The Challenges of Steam video presents an in depth look at steam locomotives, their upside and downside, and what led to the conversion to the electric diesel. Presented by Oregon Rail Heritage Center, and featuring the members of the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association, the video is an informative and entertaining thirteen minutes.

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.