Portland Union Station
The Portland Union Station is one of the most attractive stations in the nation. You might consider coming to Portland on the AMTRAK Coast Starlight train. That is a beautiful and relaxing ride up from Sacremento. The station is located on the west side of the Willamette River, just south of the Broadway Bridge and just north of the Steel Bridge. A quick and easy TriMet transit to and from the hotel Doubletree Hotel. Read about the station in the Wikipedia article located here
Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
The ORHF reburbishes and maintains several of the historical locomotives. Many are therefore still in operation today, thanks to their efforts. For example, the Southern Pacific SP #4449, the Daylight, will pull the train to the BBQ in Oaks Park. The ORHF does it work and has a visitor's center located next to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Visit the ORHF web site here.
The SP #4449
The Southern Pacific #4449 is a special treat to see. It is the engine that pulled the Freedom Train in 1976. It was restored under the leadership of Doyle McCormack, our Banquet Guest Speaker. Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to see this magnificent locomotive. This locomotive will leave from the Oregon Rail Heritage Center for the trip to the BBQ at Oaks Park. You can also read about it in the "All Scale Rails" issue #17 of Nov/Dec 2017 by clicking here
Pacific Northwest Live Steamers
Located at 31803 S. Shady Dell Dr, Molalla, OR, 97038, just a few miles south of Portland is a great 7 1/2" gauge railway park catering to young and old alike, offering rides aboard their numerous trains. The RCGRS has also been involved with them to set up a large G-scale railway system there. A web site is coming soon, but in the meantime you can contact them by phone at 503-829-6866.
Near Chiloquin, OR and Crater Lake is what has been recognized as the longest miniature hobby railroad. It has over 13 miles of 7 1/2" mainline track, and occupies about 2,400 acres. Learn more about this amazing railway
Mt Rainier Railroad
This excursion railroad, located in Mineral, WA, just a bit east of Seattle, has been the favorite of many. They have weekly rides scheduled from May through October. Visit their web site here.
Mount Hood Railroad
The Mount Hood Railroad offers a very memorable and enjoyable ride along the Columbia River Gorge. The scenery during the late summer and early fall is spectacular. Browse their web site for details.
Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
This railroad runs through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, just a bit east of Seattle. It provides a 5.5 mile excursion from the Snoqualmie Depot to the North Bend Depot, a 2 hour trip with a stopover at the Railway History Center. Well worth the time. Check it out at the NorthWest Railway Museum web site.
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum
Located midway between Seattle and Portland, just a bit south of Olympia, WA, is one of the few remaining steam-powered passenger trains in the state of Washington. They offer a relaxing and scenic ride through the Chehalis River valley, traveling over several wooden trestles. Find out more at their web site.
Sumpter Valley Railroad
The Sumpter Valley Railroad is a narrow guage heritage railroad located in Baker County. It travels between McEwen and Sumpter with two steam locomotives and several pieces of rolling stock. Excursions are open to the public on select weekends and major holidays. The ride usually takes about 2 hours. Check out there web site for more details.