September 27 - December 7

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation


locomotiveRoundhouse Featured in Western Oregon University Exhibit
A historical overview of railroads’ effects on the culture and economics of the Willamette Valley opened on September 17th in the Hamersly Library on the campus of Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. ORHF and roundhouse volunteer Tim Thompson produced the display of vintage photographs, artifacts and interpretive panels.


Photo taken by Wayne Depperman. as provided by ORHF
Photo taken by Tim Thompson
This is the roundhouse in Brooklyn yard just North of Holgate Avenue in Portland, Oregon. This is the same roundhouse depicted in the library display as it looks today. This is where the three steam locomotives owned by the city of Portland are kept.
Brooklyn Roundhouse model
Tim Thompson crafted a 1:87 scale model of the Brooklyn Roundhouse. The model roundhouse will be donated to the ORHF for promotional activities after the exhibit is closed on December 5th.
Southern Pacific 4449

The Southern Pacific 4449 is the other operable steam locomotive (and the one I work on) owned by the city of Portland. It was built in 1941 by the Lima Locomotive works for the Southern Pacific Railroad. It is maintained by the Friends of the 4449. It is sitting in front of Portland Union Station after arriving with the National Railroad Historical Society excursion in July of 2005.


The Spokane, Portland, and Seattle 700, is one of the three steam locomotives owned by the city of Portland, and one of the two that are operational. It was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1938. It is operated and maintained by the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association. PRPA volunteer and ORHF board member and treasurer Dale Birkholz is in the lower left hand corner attending to last minute details before the engine departs on the National Railroad Historical Society excursion in July of 2005.

Location: 1st floor main lobby

Tim Thompson, WOU History Student


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