Photo by: Chris L. Fussell

The 8th annual Holiday Express will run three weekends, starting Friday afternoon, November 30. It will be pulled by the Spokane, Portland & Seattle 700 Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 and by the world-famous Southern Pacific 4449 locomotive Dec 7 – 9 and Dec. 14 -16. These engines are two of six the largest operating steam locomotives in the United States. The trips run from 10 am – 8 pm.

ORHF’s Holiday Express
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
November 30, December 1 & 2,  7 – 9, and 14 – 16.


Trains are operated on the Oregon Pacific Railroad and depart from Oaks Park Station adjacent to Oaks Park in southeast Portland.

Ride on vintage rail cars behind Portland’s historic steam locomotives through wilderness in the heart of the city! All proceeds go the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, to build a permanent home for the steam locomotives.

Ticket information; www.orhf.org or 503.680.8895.

The Holiday Express is an annual holiday tradition operated by the all-volunteer Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF). The three heritage locomotives owned by the City of Portland now have a permanent home across from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). They are open  Thursday – Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm with guides to tell you about the engines and a Gift Shop and it’s all ADA Accessible.

ORHF’s new Oregon Rail Heritage Center adds a significant transportation attraction to the OMSI district. The facility opened September 22, inaugurating the first time the locomotives were accessible to the public, except when on excursions.

The Holiday Express is Oregon’s only holiday train pulled by mainline steam engines. Since 2005 over 40,000 people have taken a ride on the Holiday Express.