At last, the SP 4449, SP&S 700 and OR&N 197 locomotives now have a new place to call home. On June 26, 2012, they moved out of the Brooklyn Roundhouse to the newly constructed Oregon Rail Heritage Center in the OMSI District of southeast Portland. This is a huge accomplishment for all involved. It marks the culmination of efforts by locomotive restoration volunteers and the 1,100 people who have given to this campaign with generous donations.
The public finally has access to the engines and can appreciate how important rail is to our history. As America’s only city that owns two operating steam locomotives, Portland’s Oregon Rail Heritage Center is ready to tell the story. Visitors can also see restoration as it progresses on the third and oldest locomotive, the OR&N 197. These machines made America, Portland and the Pacific Northwest what they are today.
We thank the over 1,100 people – like you – who have stepped forward to support our All Aboard capital campaign to save these community treasures in a permanent home. Since 2009, we raised enough money to finish the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. But we still need nearly $1 million to complete financing of this phase. This is where you come in.
Please join me to give what you can to the All Aboard campaign to allow the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to be a success.
Future phases include installing the historic Brooklyn roundhouse turntable, adding a second floor for interpretive displays and events, and installing an overhead crane. When fully built, the Center will be a living workroom to celebrate the history of rail and be a focal point for the new rail-industry hub surrounding OMSI. The new Willamette Bridge will deliver streetcars, light rail, cyclists and pedestrians right to the Center’s front door.
ORHF is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which gives you the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation.
We have a giving level that is just right for you. They range from $44.49 to $700. Plus, your contribution comes with a premium gift. Your donation will help us complete the crucial first phase of this exciting project.
All Aboard Portland’s heritage steam engines – save the past for future generations.
Can we count on you today?
ORHF Board President