New in 2022! Holiday Express Trains will depart from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center located at 2250 SE Water Ave. Portland, OR 97214.

Tickets

Prices

Adult Child* Family**
$28 $23 $92
Service charges apply for each ticket purchased.
*Child: 12 years or younger - children age 2 and under ride free, as a lap child
**Family: 2 adults, 2 children

2022 Dates & Times

Trains run every 90 minutes – please arrive 20 minutes early.
Tickets typically sell out, so it’s best to purchase them in advance.

10:00 AM 11:30 AM 1:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Friday, Nov 25
Saturday, Nov 26
Sunday, Nov 27
Friday, Dec 2
Saturday, Dec 3
Sunday, Dec 4
Friday, Dec 9
Saturday, Dec 10
Sunday, Dec 11
Friday, Dec 16
Saturday, Dec 17
Sunday, Dec 18

Location

Holiday Express Trains will be departing from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center:
2250 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
1 block South of OMSI

The Polson #2 Steam Locomotive will be pulling the consist. A 1912 steam logging locomotive that preformed most of her service right here in the Pacific Northwest. While smaller than the mainline locomotives at the Enginehouse, she is quite impressive and powerful.

Will-call is located inside the Center.

Trains depart on time – please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Driving & Parking

Trains depart on time – please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure. Traffic to the Center can sometimes be heavy and you can be delayed by mainline freight trains blocking intersections, so please give yourself plenty of time.

Parking will be available at: Our main lot (ORHC Parking), along with the lot across SE Water Ave from the Enginehouse and PCC Climb Center.

Public Transportation

Oregon Rail Heritage Center is located at the East end of the Tilikum Bridge. We are accessible by MAX Orange Line, Portland Streetcar and TriMet bus line #9.

Consult TriMet’s trip planner for other public transportation routes.

What to Expect

Trains depart on time – please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.

  • All Trains depart from OREGON RAIL HERITAGE CENTER (2250 SE Water Ave. Portland, OR 97214)
  • Each round-trip takes approx. 40-45 minutes.
  • Be on time! Holiday Express trains depart at the advertised time.
  • Arrive at The Center at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
  • Trains travel on the Oregon Pacific Railroad along the Willamette River in SE Portland.
  • Trains are heated. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing.
  • All passengers MUST check in at will-call, located inside the Center.
  • Santa will be on each train to celebrate the season.
  • The interiors of the passenger cars are decorated with garland, ornaments, and lights.
  • Daytime trains offer a variety of scenery and a chance to see wildlife.
  • Early dusk trains offer a great chance to see the train decorated with lights.
  • Restrooms, parking, and refreshments available at the Center.
  • Train concessions, t-shirts, videos and toys on sale.

Gift Shop

Make your family’s ride on the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation’s Annual Holiday Express a rail fan’s dream. You are sure to find the perfect gift for the train lovers in your life… regardless of their age.

FAQs

Is there wheelchair accessibility?

Due to the structural features and historic nature of the Holiday Express passenger equipment, there is no safe way to accommodate and secure wheelchairs on the train. For this reason the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC section 12184) expressly exempts trains of this type from accommodating wheelchair devices.

We are dedicated to making rail excursions accessible to everyone and to making your experience comfortable and enjoyable. Passengers who can board independently or with assistance from their companions are welcome to board the train. On-board transfers cannot be accommodated at this time. Passengers must be able to climb seven steps and then walk at least 85 feet to a seat. We are pleased to offer one of our limited number of wheelchairs to passengers with limited walking ability to get from the tent to train side.

Please be assured that the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation is committed to making reasonable accommodations to the Holiday Express and similar rail excursions. Our goal is to make the historic rail experience more accessible to Portland residents and visitors. We hope that you follow our progress toward that goal and that one day soon, more of us will be able to ride the rails together. For more information, please visit us at the information desk.

Please visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to see and get up close to the historic steam locomotives and other Pacific Northwest rail heritage themed exhibits. Our Enginehouse is fully ADA accessible.

Covid Policy

To keep everyone safe, vaccinations are very strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible. will be following the Covid-19 requirements and guidance from the TSA, Multnomah County, Oregon Health Authority, and the CDC that are in place at the time the Holiday Express runs.

Can I exchange or refund my tickets?

Tickets may be refunded or exchanged 4 days prior to your travel date, subject to availability. Please contact the ORHC office at [email protected] or by calling 503.233.1156

How do I use my member promo code?

Patron Members of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation will received a unique discount code which will get them a discount of 20% on Holiday Express tickets.

  • A code may be used in only one transaction. Please purchase all discount tickets at one time.
  • An individual patron member code is good for two discounted tickets.
  • A family patron member code is good for up to four tickets.
Is will call available?

Will call is located inside the Center. Tickets will be available for pick-up on the day of your train ride.

All ticket holders must check in at will call prior to boarding.

Ticket holders not checked in at least 10 minutes prior to departure will not be boarded.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found items can be picked up at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center during our normal open hours.