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Oregon Rail Heritage Center

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Address: 2250 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
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+1 503-680-8895
01:00 - 05:00
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Thu - Sun 01:00 - 05:00

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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 you or your kids getting restless? Need something to do that is fun, interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 for a ride on the excursion train too.) Then I highly recommend a trip to... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 video also about the Freedom Train of 1976 and all of the problems that encountered... More 

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San Jose, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 to these monsters and feel the size. Great for a family outing. There is signage... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 are working on the engines, you can even talk with the people who run and... More 

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Anderson Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 museum a bit. Huge steam locomotive with 7 foot drive wheels and restored passenger cars... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 times and remember it doesn't open before 1pm anytime. One small issue - perhaps the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 went through it. Very helpful and knowledgeable guys there. Fun!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 on. The volunteers here are very willing to explain things or just have a chat.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 1130 on a Saturday as they had a private birthday party going on. The highlight... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My husband loves trains so we dropped in,this is free with a suggested donation of 5 dollars and for 5 dollars you can ride the train. The day we went was too hot and we did not want to ride the train, The train only ran twice once at 1 and once at 130 so you should call for details... More 

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