Know Before You Go
The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5 p.m., when volunteers are available. Check their Facebook page or call 503-233-1156 to ensure they’re open before you visit. Face coverings are required for all people 5 years of age and older and highly recommended for children age 2 to 5. Visit their site for more information.
Opened in September 2012, the free, volunteer-run museum’s modern exhibit space showcases three vintage steam locomotives (two of which still run), including the streamlined Southern Pacific Daylight Locomotive 4449, which traveled between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1940s and pulled the American Freedom Train that toured the nation for the 1976 Bicentennial.
Train lovers also have the chance to book rides on the Oregon Pacific Railroad passenger train every Saturday, which travels between the ORHC and Oaks Bottom Park. Then in December, board the “Holiday Express” train for a whimsical ride along the Willamette River. Can’t make that train? Rest easy: The center has a year-round slate of exhibits and events.
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