Tickets for this season's Holiday Express trains are now on sale! Proceeds go to our new home, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Holiday Express trains depart from Oaks Park Station located at 7100 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR. See orhf.org for more info.
SP 4449 continues to undergo its inspection in the Oregon Rail Heritage Center located at 2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR. For those taking transit, take MAX light-rail to NE 7th Avenue station and transfer to a "Central Loop" streetcar destined for OMSI. See MAX and Streetcar websites for more information.
Heritage Center hours are 1-5 PM Thursdays thru Sundays. There is no charge to enter the facility, but your support at the donation box or concessions shop is much appreciated!
Steam locomotives still in operation in the United States must undergo a federally-mandated inspection every 15 years. SP 4449's certification expires this year, which means there are no excursions planned while volunteers take apart and inspect the locomotive.
To get an idea of what this inspection covers, check out this abbreviated overview. With the rebuild underway and expected to last 1-2 years, we'll also be fine-tuning and polishing up the locomotive for another 15-years of operation!