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Oregon Rail Heritage Center

2250 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-680-8895
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Great Loco's and helpful staff!

This place is run by volunteers. it's a smallish setup with three big steam locomotives and a... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Cardiff, United Kingdom
A slice of real Americana here!

Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids? Has the rain this fall/winter season have... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Matt B
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2250 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-680-8895
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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

1  Thank LeightonAlexander
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
Reviewed 5 January 2017

If you are a train lover and really interested in rail history, this will be a special experience. The idea of being able to walk around an old steam train engine and see how massive it was makes rail history come alive. There was a...More

1  Thank LHA2013
Reviewed 24 December 2016

If one is in Portland one must stop by the home of Southern Pacific Daylight 4449. The quintessential Art Deco embodiment of the golden age of steam train travel. Also in residence a Spokane, Portland and Seattle 4-8-4. In both cases you walk right up...More

Thank Sally G
Reviewed 6 December 2016

A house of giant steam engines. The SP4449, SP&S700 and the OR&N197 are on display for all to see. Knowledgeable docents will walk you around the steam engines and tell you all about their history. If you are lucky enough to be there when they...More

Thank trucktrainerjohn
Reviewed 30 November 2016

This place is really cool and is a hop, skip and a jump from OMSI so it is quite accessible by Tri-Met from downtown. After Thanksgiving we took the Holiday Express train ride the Rail Heritage Center operates from Oak Park station, south of the...More

Thank RobertELeeMo
Reviewed 11 October 2016

You don't have to be a railroad fanatic to get something out of this attraction, just to see the Daylight 449 takes you back to a time when travel was exciting and not a stationary line on the I5. Be careful to check on opening...More

Thank GibBob
Reviewed 6 October 2016

My son had a summer camp at OMSI and this Center was at the top of his list. Only disappointment: It wasn't open Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. We had to wait til Thursday! It was super hot, like 100 degrees, but we trudged over and...More

1  Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a lovely little place, staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and funded by voluntary donations (no admission fee). The whole place is new and beautifully clean and there is plenty to keep kids occupied. Most visitors will be rail enthusiasts. Some exhibits can be clambered...More

1  Thank MK13AL
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I found this rail museum by accident as I saw it from the Amtrak 'Coast Starlight' train when arriving in Portland from Los Angeles. It is officially only open from 1300 to 1700 hours on Thursdays to Sundays but the staff let me in at...More

Thank Victorianlad
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Is the Train ride occurring on Saturday May 13, 2017? Will be visiting with our train enthusiast 5 yr old grandson. Thanks
13 May 2017|
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Bonnie M
Is this facility handicapped accessable with a mobility scooter? Would there be a place to leave the scooter when I take the train ride. I can walk and would be able to board the train ok.
25 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.
Is this train ride open Friday, April 10?
10 April 2015|
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