Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Avenue
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, 97214
The Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a railway museum in Portland, Oregon. The centerpieces of ORHC's collection are the three steam locomotives: Southern Pacific 4449, Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700, and Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. 197.
ORHF was tasked with finding a new home for the three city-owned locomotives, after planned changes by Union Pacific Railroad made it apparent that the locomotives would need to be moved out of their longtime home in the UP's (formerly Southern Pacific's) Brooklyn Roundhouse, a 1941-built roundhouse from Brooklyn Rail Yard in Southeast Portland's Brooklyn neighborhood. ORHF comprises several entities, including railway preservation and railfan groups as well as the city's Bureau of Parks & Recreation.
Ground-breaking for the 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) enginehouse took place in October 2011. The three steam locomotives were moved to the site from the Brooklyn Roundhouse on June 26, 2012, and were temporarily placed outdoors, awaiting completion of the enginehouse. With the house fully enclosed (though not completed), the locomotives were moved inside on July 28.
The Oregon Rail Heritage Center opened to the public on September 22, 2012.
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