The Enginehouse opened on September 12th, 2012. For facts and specifics on the new facility, read on.
Size: 2.75 acres Phase 1 cost: For base building and loan payment to city: $5.8 million
Architect: Hennebery Eddy Architects Contractor: Lorentz Bruun Const. Track Design: HDR Engineering
Building: 19,200 SF (80’ x 240’) 2 tracks for 4 locomotives. Drop table. Future phase provisions*
Features: Bays for machining equipment, painting, and each locomotive group. Offices, conference room, public viewing and interpretive area.
Traditional design elements on building exterior will capture the history and essence of everything inside.
Outside: Area for turntable and 5 radiating spurs for car or locomotive display (future phases)
Access: Easy walking distance from Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail, Eastside Streetcar and buses.
Open to Public: Yes. ADA accessible.
*Adding Turntable and 2nd floor interpretive area depend on additional funding
Why did we choose our site?
- We are at the convergence of rail activity with easy access to mainline UP and shortline OPR.
- OMSI District is projected to increase dramatically in tourist opportunities and cultural activities.
- New Light Rail/Street Car/Bus Transit Center is projected to be one of the busiest in the TriMet system.
- The new facility is the hub of rail activity – the Oregon Pacific (shortline) and Union Pacific (mainline) railroads, the Eastside Streetcar and Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail stations. With the completion of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail line, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center is surrounded by over a hundred years of rail activity.