Laurie McCormack’s American Freedom Train Journey

In fall 1974 I was living in small town Conneaut, Ohio, as a newlywed. Doyle McCormack and I had married on August 28, 1971. I was a third-year college student majoring in elementary education when a phone call came to our house requesting that Doyle take on rebuilding the SP 4449 for the bicentennial American …

Ride the OPR on Saturdays!

The Oregon Pacific Railroad Saturday train rides are back! Ride the train from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center and back via the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge along the Willamette River on Saturdays! Beginning on Saturday August 8th train rides provided by Oregon Pacific Railroad will hit the rails again. The train will depart 4 times each Saturday …

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).