Bells of Peace by Arlen L. Sheldrake

On Wednesday November 11th at 11 a.m. the Oregon Rail Heritage Center will participate in the national Bells of Peace event by ringing the portable locomotive bell 21 times. This event is sponsored by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed. 11-11-11 is the date and time …

Visit Santa’s Enginehouse

Ho Ho Happy Holidays…..Santa’s Coming to the Enginehouse! This holiday season visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center—transformed inside and out into Santa’s Enginehouse, full of holiday magic for children of all ages. Outside, vintage rail cars and a classic diesel locomotive, the Nickel Plate 190, twinkle with colorful holiday lights, while the Center itself glows …

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 …