Oregon Train Rides And Museums

Oregon train rides define the Pacific Northwest with rugged mountain views, trips along rocky shorelines, and wet, soggy weather. Despite weather that can be less than cooperative at times, Oregon does offer some incredible scenic views with its rail excursions. Case in point, take the Mount Hood Railroad, one of the more popular tourist railroads in the country that sees thousands upon thousands of riders annually during their operating season, much of which is due to the fabulous scenes of nearby Mt. Hood. Other Oregon train excursions include the Eagle Cap Excursion Train, Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Sumpter Valley Railroad, and the Willamette Shore Trolley.

Once upon a time Oregon was predominantly served by the Southern Pacific, whose operations in the state became famous for its level of difficulty due to the rugged topography. Today, many Oregon train rides like the Mount Hood Railroad look to preserve this history through the fabulous scenery the state's secondary lines once provided. You can also catch an excursion near the coast with the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, which operates near Tillamook. They also use historic steam locomotives to power their trains, as does the Sumpter Valley Railroad located across the state in Sumpter. And finally, you have the chance to even ride historic trolley cars owned and operated by the Oregon Electric Railway Museum near Portland. In any event, to learn more about all Oregon train rides please read the information about each listed below.

Canby Depot Museum

Owned by the Canby Historical Society this museum is situated inside the town's restored Southern Pacific depot.  Inside are several historic displays to peruse while a caboose its nearby.  For more information please visit their website.

Eagle Cap Excursion Train

The Eagle Cap Excursion Train, based in Elgin, Oregon operates its trains in northeast Oregon on trackage owned by the Wallowa Union Railroad Authority, which also operates freight service on the line. The trains use RDCs (or Rail Diesel Cars) for their excursions which follow the Grande Ronde River. 

Flower Farmer and Phoenix & Holly Railroad

This scale-train ride (15 and 24-inch gauge equipment) is located in Canby and opens each year on Memorial Day.  For information about riding their train please visit their website.

Medford Railroad Park

Owned and operated by the Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society the park features a "1 1/2-inch scale live steam train rides, HO scale model layout, displays of full size railroad equipment used in the area, a garden railway (G scale) layout and a working exhibit of Morse telegraphy."

Mount Hood Railroad

The Mount Hood Railroad operates between Hood River and Parkdale, about 60 miles, and dates as far back as 1906. As it stands today the company hosts both freight and passenger trains on its line offering guests a wide range of amenities during their excursion using the company's equipment of climate-controlled cars. 

Oregon Coast Historical Railway

This operation is located in Coos Bay a selection of historic equipment on the grounds to see, much of which is from the logging industry.  The group also owns Coos Bay Lumber Company 2-8-2 #104 and Alco S2 #111, built in 1949 for the Longview, Portland & Northern Railway.  For more information please visit their website.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is based in Tillamook and has operated on the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad since 2002 using a historic Climax geared steam locomotive for power. Along with standard excursion trains the railroad also operates special and seasonal trains throughout the year, including dinner trains. 

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

Opened on September 22, 2012 this facility, located in Portland, is the new home of Southern Pacific 4-8-4 #4449 (operational); Spokane, Portland & Seattle 4-8-4 #700 (operational); Oregon Railroad & Navigation 4-6-2 #197; and various other pieces of rolling stock.  To visit the museum please visit their website for more information.

Sumpter Valley Railroad

The Sumpter Valley Railroad based in Sumpter, located in northeast Oregon, operates on trackage originally owned by the Sumpter Valley Railway. The railroad was created to preserve the railroad and today has become a very popular operation, continually adding more mileage to the line as they slowly restore it. They currently have two operational steam locomotives on their property. 

Washington Park & Zoo Railway

Located in Portland at Washington Park the railroad is a 2-foot, 6-inch narrow-gauge scale train.  It transports visitors between the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, International Rose Test Garden, and the World Forestry Center.  For more information please visit their website.

Willamette Shore Trolley

The Willamette Shore Trolley is operated by the Oregon Electric Railway Museum, the largest trolley/interurban museum in the Pacific Northwest. It currently operates trolley service on a 6-mile section of railroad between Lake Oswego and Portland.

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