Stand in the shadow of giant steam locomotives at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
With wheels over six feet high, three giant locomotives from the age of steam amaze visitors at this free museum. These vintage machines include the internationally famous Southern Pacific 4449 and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle 700, which take turns pulling the rail museum’s annual Holiday Express runs. A third engine, the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. 197, is undergoing restoration.
The steam locomotives are owned by the City of Portland and lovingly maintained by the volunteers in the airy working museum. On display are rail history exhibits, classic rail cars, and vintage railroad equipment. There’s a well-stocked gift shop and space for birthday parties.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center is conveniently located in Central Eastside Portland next MAX and Portland Streetcar stations.