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Oregon Rail Heritage Center

2250 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-233-1156
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A real hands-on museum!!!

Although small, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a fascinating museum with steam engines being... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
patkaloger
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Haymarket, Virginia
via mobile
state of the art steam restoration

what an amazing place, well lit with clean floors, a huge difference from where it was before... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
5330John
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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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Only working Steam Railroad Museum in Oregon. We have three vintage steam locomotives, machine shop, rail history exhibits, gift shop, and space for birthday parties. 10-mile train rides on Saturdays, Holiday Express train trips in November/December. Home to the American Freedom Train, driven 32,000 miles across America during the Bicentennial. This GS-4 locomotive is the last operating steam locomotive of its kind (Streamliner, created in an art deco motif), and is the most photographed engine in the world.
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2250 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
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+1 503-233-1156
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although small, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a fascinating museum with steam engines being worked on constantly by volunteers and a history of the Greeks who built the railroad in Oregon. It's a great place to visit with children who are welcome to celebrate...More

Thank patkaloger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what an amazing place, well lit with clean floors, a huge difference from where it was before! cant wait to see the #700 back on the rails! great place for families kids and adults! get out there and see Americas history!

Thank 5330John
Reviewed 5 July 2017

What a great place to go for young and old alike! For the young it is a real history lesson, one not mentioned in books, but certainly a step back in time for the young and the young at heart. Beautifully restored with loving hands...More

Thank 488Susan44
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Housed inside this center are three steam and one diesel-electric locomotives. One is the world-famous Southern Pacific Daylight steam locomotive. Another is a beautiful example of the FA-1/PA-1 diesel-electric locomotive. Yet another is one of the three most-powerful locomotives in the world. Besides being able...More

Thank coxaloharc
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This place has some real history on display! Some of these bohemoths run, and if you're lucky enough to catch them, in a cloud of steam, you won't soon forget. There are cool interpretive displays and you can tell there are passionate hands at work...More

Thank Jm J
Reviewed 21 June 2017

The staff is very helpful and well educated on the trains themselves, history and easily accessible. The trains are repaired in this location so you can see how they are refurbished. Trains outside to get on. Exhibits always changing. Child's birthday party was being held,...More

Thank Lin C
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The rail center has great exhibits right now, more than the previous times I had visited. A lot of buzz around the building before the 4449 excursion!

Thank Brandon G
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Dedicated volunteers have made this a worthwhile visit for a train enthusiast. Hopefully soon they will be able to add more rolling stock to their inventory.

Thank Rick P
Reviewed 8 April 2017

This place is run by volunteers. it's a smallish setup with three big steam locomotives and a selection of diesel locomotives. If you rush you can get around this in 30 minutes but if you want to delve deep into the history and the story...More

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prgfitz, General Manager at Oregon Rail Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thanks for your visit and review. We are, indeed, a working museum, where you can see volunteers making replacement parts for these vintage locomotives. Did you know that the SP4440 (The Daylight) is the last remaining working engine of its kind? Or that it appears...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017

Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids? Has the rain this fall/winter season have you or your kids getting restless? Need something to do that is fun, interesting, and doesn't take but an hour or two at most? (Unless you opt...More

Thank Matt B
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prgfitz
8 June 2017|
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Response from prgfitz | Property representative |
Sorry we missed getting back to you. The train rides are open every Saturday on the half-hour between 1:30 & 4:30. We also operate 64 Holiday Express trains over 4 weekends in Nov and Dec. Visit the ORHF website for details... More
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reeny0
13 May 2017|
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Response from prgfitz | Property representative |
Sorry we missed getting back to you. The train rides are open every Saturday on the half-hour between 1:30 & 4:30. We also operate 64 Holiday Express trains over 4 weekends in Nov and Dec. Visit the ORHF website for... More
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Bonnie M
24 June 2015|
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Response from oregongirl12 | Reviewed this property |
The museum is accessible, but I would call about whether they would be willing to take responsibility for the scooter, and whether the train itself is accessible. We did not ride the train - only visited the museum.
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