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Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC)
Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC)

Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC)

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Het Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) in Portland is een eerbetoon aan de tijd dat treinen de belangrijkste manier waren om de regio in en uit te reizen.

Het Oregon Rail Heritage Centre werd in 2012 geopend aan de oostkant van de Willamette-rivier nadat de sloop van een historisch roundhouse het verplaatsen van drie stoomlocomotieven van de stad Portland noodzakelijk maakte. De drie locomotieven staan nu bij het ORHC, dat zich in de buurt van het Oregon Museum of Science and Industry bevindt.

Twee van de drie stoomlocomotieven zijn operationeel en worden soms ingezet op speciale treinreizen in de omgeving. De drie werden gebouwd in 1905, 1938 en 1941. Naast de stoomtreinen zijn er andere stukken in de ORHC-collectie, waaronder vintage treinstellen en speciale seizoensexposities op het historische spoorwegnet van Portland.

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Donderdag t / m zondag van 13.00-17.00 uur
2250 SE Water Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97214

The basics

You can arrive when it's convenient, and don't worry about ticket prices: entry is complimentary. You can check out steam engines that the City of Portland owns, and see what it takes to maintain the fleet. Watch a team of dedicated volunteers repair locomotives by making parts at the machine shop, operating lathes, saws, and sandblasters. You may even see some sparks fly as the rolling stock is brought to top working order.

Though Oregon Rail Heritage Center doesn't have a café, you can add a stop on nearby Hawthorne Street if you're looking for a snack. You can find coffee shops, breweries, restaurants, and more. Portland is famous for coffee and craft beer. You can find both nearby.

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Things to know before you go

  • History fans shouldn't miss these historic rail cars, dating to 1905, 1938, and 1941.
  • Although entry is free of charge, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center relies on donations to support its work, so giving is encouraged.
  • Stop by the gift shop to pick up a souvenir.
  • The rail center has restrooms.
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How to get there

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is located in Southeast Portland, just across from the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. The easiest way to reach ORHC is to take public transit. You can hop on the MAX Orange Line or use the Eastside Streetcar. Disembark at the OMSI/SE Water MAX Station, and you can find ORHC across Water Street.

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When to get there

ORHC is open in the afternoons from Thursday through Sunday, and closed on major holidays. To ride one of the trains, visit on Saturday when short rail journeys run from the museum to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. You can also book the annual Holiday Express train experience, though be sure to book in advance, since this seasonal event often sells out.

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The Holiday Express at ORHC

For a train experience that's great for kids, families, and your favorite locomotive enthusiast, plan to attend the Oregon Rail Heritage Center's annual Holiday Express event. You can buy tickets to this popular event, depart from the Oaks Station for a festive ride, and join Santa to cruise in a vintage steam train decked out with lights. Trains run from late November through mid-December.

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