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Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Indoor Free
History Museums, Historical
2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR
URL: Oregon Rail Heritage Center...  Phone: 503-233-1156

Activity Overview

Travel back in time and learn about how steam locomotives have progressed through the years. The museum is maintained by a non-profit organization with volunteers who are all knowledgeable about trains and railways. If you come at the right time on Saturdays, you may get the chance to ride the train. The museum is located near existing railways of UP and OPR; the location is a hub of all railway activity. ORHC is a great rainy day destination for kids as most exhibits are displayed indoors.

Things to Do

  • Get a closer look at steam locomotives owned by the city of Portland such as the Southern Pacific 4499, Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700, and Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. Kids will be amazed at the massive engines and the various tools needed to maintain the trains.
  • Learn about the history of the Brooklyn Rail Yard. The exhibit showcases rail yard artifacts through maps, stories, and photos. Volunteers are also around to answer inquiries.
  • The trains are working and are operated during special holidays. Grab your tickets to The Holiday Express and join Santa Claus in visiting the city aboard a vintage train.
  • ORHC Enginehouse is a great, unique place to hold private functions such as kiddie birthdays or a family or company gathering. They also offer food catering or you can also bring your own food. Call ORHC for more details.
  • Visit the gift shop and check out the shirts, caps, and other memorabilia that you can take home with you.

Oregon Rail Heritage Center Insider Tips

  • Museum is only open from Thursday - Sunday 1PM-5PM.
  • Parking and admission is free.

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