ORHF Turns Five; Looks Ahead

Text and Photos by Ken Byers On September 20th at the Doyle McCormack Enginehouse, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation celebrated its fifth birthday with food and praise. In attendance were Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, present and past city commissioners for Parks and Recreation respectively, as well as many of the key volunteers that make …

SP&S 700 Wins New Grant

The SP&S 700 won a significant grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust to help near conclusion of the famous steam locomotive’s boiler rebuild. The 700 is maintained by volunteers from the Pacific Railroad Preservation association. To read more on this significant achievement see sps700.org. Congratulations to all concerned. Keep up with 700 updates by reading …

Giving Thanks and Looking Forward

We thank all of you for your help in putting a warm and dry roof over the heads of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and her sister partners. With that accomplished, it’s time to look forward. Our mission is to provide for the preservation and public enjoyment of Portland’s historic locomotives, railroad equipment, and artifacts; …

New Track Installed

For the past two years dedicated volunteers from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center have discussed the need for extending the rail stub in front of the building far enough to display one of the engines or a complete rail car. To battle the hardscrabble beneath the surface gravel, heavy equipment was necessary. Ron Endicott of Endicott Woods Enterprises …

Enginehouse Update – July & August

Track Work at the Enginehouse After all the ties and rail had been sorted at the site, the volunteer track crew started laying track in July. Ballast was laid on the graded ground, followed by ties spaced and more ballast tamped between the ties. Despite temperatures in the 90’s, the crew worked nearly every weekend …