Day Trip: Oregon Rail Heritage Center

By Brooke Edmunds


The Oregon Rail Heritage Center in downtown Portland is a must for your little train lover!

Located just south of OMSI, the ORHC is easy to find and has free parking about half a block away.  Lots to see with bridges, buses and MAX trains adjacent. Once you’re on the ORHC property, there are a few train cars outside that kids can climb onto and look in the windows.

Inside the building it is all about the engines!  This is an upclose experience with kids able to walk around all sides of the engines and peer in to the engineers areas.  Guides are strategically placed to answer any questions.  There are a few wooden train tables for the younger kids, too.


Depending on the time of year train rides are available to and from Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (extra cost of $5/person).  The cars are both closed or open air, seating is first come, first served, no restroom on the train and trip lasts ~1 hr. Check the website for the current schedule. We weren’t able to make the train ride this trip (didn’t plan well and everyone was too hungry for lunch).

Price: free with suggested $5 donation. Note that you have to enter through a gift shop area which can be tough for some kids.

Visit ORHC’s site for more info and current hours:


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