The American Freedom Train, an integral part of America’s 200th birthday party, circled the country in 1976 touching all lower forty-eight states. The workhorse steam engine was the Daylight 4449, pulling the long train filled with Americana, going everywhere but New England. On the older tracks with smaller clearances found there, a slightly smaller steam engine was used. Which one? more »
What the heck is it? Well, it is a machine to help lay railroad tracks, of course. Thanks to the efforts of our tireless volunteers and Dick Samuels, owner of the Oregon Pacific Railroad, who brought his amazing track machine to help tamp in the ballast and ties for the tracks, the rail extension in front of the more »
The morning of April 28th, 19 youngsters from the Portland Albina Head Start program and 7 accompanying adults visited the Oregon Rail Heritage Center and were provided the grand tour by retired educator and expert Docent David Larsen. The youngsters arrived and departed via the Portland Streetcar after eating their brown bag lunch at the Rail Center. Additional visits more »
For the past two years dedicated volunteers from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center have discussed the need for extending the rail stub in front of the building far enough to display one of the engines or a complete rail car. To battle the hardscrabble beneath the surface gravel, heavy equipment was necessary. Ron Endicott of Endicott Woods Enterprises more »
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