This Past November, I was able to stop by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in downtown Portland Oregon. This is both a museum, and a working steam repair shop and during my visit a large group of volunteers were finishing up the restoration of Southern Pacific "Daylight" #4449. Being able to watch the rebuilding process up close was a real treat.
Also on display was SP&S 4-8-4 #700, and
OR&N 4-6-2 #197. All three locomotives are owned by the City of Portland and have connections to the cities railroading heritage and the center does a wonderful job of preserving it.
The #4449 and #700 are two of the worlds largest operating steam locomotives, and are both listed on our MAINLINE STEAM page.
Click here to read my review of the center, and to see more pictures from my visit.
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