Let’s Talk Trolleys! 

Let’s Talk Trolleys are a series on virtual presentations about the history of streetcars and Interurbans in Oregon, and about our museum’s trolley collection. This is to help keep us connected while our trolley operations are suspended. The presentations are free to attend (pre-registration is required), donations are appreciated to help the OERHS maintain our historic trolleys.

The Museum will follow any Government advisories based on the COVID19 before starting the 2020 season. Our public trolley operations are suspended until further notice.

We will announce here and on our Facebook page when we will start training and regular trolley service. 

 

3995 Brooklake Road
Brooks, OR 97303
On the grounds of Powerland Heritage Park
Phone: 971-701-6327

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Welcome to the largest Trolley Museum in 
the Pacific Northwest

The Oregon Electric Railway Museum is an operating trolley museum. We feature trolleys and other electric railway equipment from the West Coast as well as from around the world. Our railway equipment collection dates from the 1890s through 1977.


Your Visit to the Museum includes

  • InterpretiveCenter-072614-11An authentic experience of purchasing trolley tickets at our Depot, Hopmere Station. This station, built by the museum, is based on plans of a Southern Pacific train station. It is also out ticket office and gift shop. See our Children’s Trolley!
  • A ride on one of our authentic trolleys from around the world. Our most popular operating car was built in 1913 for Sydney, Australia. The ride is about 2 miles round trip
  • On days that our carbarn is open to the public, you will be welcomed to tour our collection of historicrailway equipment. Some are on static display, others are amid restoration to service. See examples of the transportation technology that started out as the symbol of progress, later became considered outdated and now returning to the heart of many of our cities.

Sydney1187-080209-01Volunteers

The Museum is run all by volunteers, from the restoration of the streetcars to selling tickets to operating the trolley. Consider joining the OERHS and volunteering your time, or consider monetary donations to keep our trolleys running.

 

Saturday was a busy day despite the heat. The track crew removed bolts and spikes from the track to dismantled switches 1, 2 and 3. The track is being removed in order to replace all of the wood ties and gravel and reset the switches in concrete. This is the first phase, in a multiphase project to eliminate all of the wood ties in the carbarn leads and switches. The majority of these ties were retired by the railroads and installed at the museum nearly 25 years ago when we were building the track to an empty construction site where the carbarn was built 3 years later. They are now showing their age and no longer able to effectively hold a spike, allowing the gauge "wander". The result usually means rerailing an axle or two.
The crew will be at it again this coming Saturday, picking up and stacking joint bars, removing tie plates and gathering bolts and spikes. The rails will be labeled for reassembly prior to removal and storage away from the work site.
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Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not roll thru Steam-Up at Powerland Heritage Park. $20 per carload. It includes a fun scavenger hunt from the comfort of your air conditioned car!Powerland Heritage Park is pleased to present a drive-through celebration: "Rollin' Thru Steam-Up" for what would be the 50th year of the Great Oregon Steam-Up on July 25th and 26th and one more time on August 1st and 2nd.

See operating engines, tractors, cars, trucks, military vehicles, and other equipment and the people that the campus of non-profits celebrates.

Wind thru Powerland’s sixty-two acre campus and enjoy the sites and features that the independent museums and organizations have to offer from the comfort of your own car. Limited train rides at Willow Creek Railroad.

Your gate fee of $20 per vehicle will help ensure the future of Powerland's showcase event, the Great Oregon Steam-Up in these unprecedented times. We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity in a fun and safe manner.

Please note bathrooms are available throughout the route but not sanitized on a regular schedule. Visitors must remain in vehicle at ALL times and follow the indicated one way route through Powerland. Price of $20 per vehicle. Last car in at 4 pm each day.

Gates are open 9 am to 5 pm - bring the family - we have something everyone will enjoy! Get your tickets here: aftontickets.com/event/buyticket/1448/rollin-thru-steamup
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Powerland Heritage Park is pleased to present a drive-through celebration: "Rollin' Thru Steam-Up" for what would be the 50th year of the Great Oregon Steam-Up on July 25th and 26th and one more time on August 1st and 2nd.

See operating engines, tractors, cars, trucks, military vehicles, and other equipment and the people that the campus of non-profits celebrates.

Wind thru Powerland’s sixty-two acre campus and enjoy the sites and features that the independent museums and organizations have to offer from the comfort of your own car. Limited train rides at Willow Creek Railroad.

Your gate fee of $20 per vehicle will help ensure the future of Powerland's showcase event, the Great Oregon Steam-Up in these unprecedented times. We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity in a fun and safe manner.

Please note bathrooms are available throughout the route but not sanitized on a regular schedule. Visitors must remain in vehicle at ALL times and follow the indicated one way route through Powerland. Price of $20 per vehicle. Last car in at 4 pm each day.

Gates are open 9 am to 5 pm - bring the family - we have something everyone will enjoy! Get your tickets here: aftontickets.com/event/buyticket/1448/rollin-thru-steamup
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Rollin' Thru Steam-up.
Take a ride through history from the comfort of your own car. Enjoy the sights of Oregon’s early heritage as you’re Rollin’ Thru a collection of mechanical history.

Visitors must remain in their vehicle at ALL times. One way route through Powerland.Help Powerland Heritage Park. Help support the museums at Powerland, including our own.
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