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Oregon Electric Railway Museum 6/26/2011

by Chris Guenzler

After the NRHS SP 4449 Tacoma to Portland Trip I went inside the Portland Union Station First Class Lounge and used my Select Plus Guest Reward Card so I could upload that story. Bob and Elizabeth came in and after I was done we left Portland for Brooks where we found the Oregon Electric Railway Museum.

Oregon Electric Railway Museum

We went inside the grounds and found the office where we paid for our ride on the trolley here.

We boarded the Open Car 1187 built by the Meadowbrook Car Company in 1912 for Sydney, Australia.

Museum Brief History

The Museum moved from its original location at Trolley Park in Glenwood, Oregon to Brooks Oregon in 1996. The new museum has been expanding ever since. The new museum had to be built from scratch. Since 1996 we have built over a mile of track with overhead wire and yard leads, a car barn with 4 tracks, a powerhouse and a small depot. The new museum is being built in 3 phases. The museum completed phase one, building the car barn and demonstration trolley line with overhead. The line was operated with energized overhead in July of 1999. Each year the operating line has grown to the nearly 1 mile of track is now in operation. Work continues on extending the right of way. Details are on the OERM News Page. Regular weekend operations run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Oregon Electric Railway Museum is owned and operated by the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society (OERHS). The Museum is run by volunteers of the Society. In the museum's collection there are a variety of trolleys and traction equipment.

The Trip

After a brief talk about safety, we started down the rails.

We left the station boarding area.

The trolley then came to the first curve.

The Trolley went by a sawmill.

View by a replica Southern Pacific Station being built.

The shop lead takes off to the left.

Two small diesels off on a stub track.

There are two electric freight engines outside the Car Barn.

An interurban outside the shop.

A PCC Car out back of the shop.

Railroad equipment on display out back.

Looking back at the car barn area.

The trolley starts down the northern tangent track.

A look at the railroad display.

Looking forward.

The Trolley will take this curve.

A steam tractor.

Looking down the western tangent track.

We are getting near the end of the track.

The end of the track. The trolley pole was reversed and soon we headed back to the Car Barn.

Heading back north on the western tangent track.

At the northwest curve, Mt. Hood.

Looking down the north tangent track.

Looking down the east tangent track. At the Car Barn we detrolleyed and started our tour.

Missoula Street 35 Ton Freight Motor 351.

Anaconda Copper 40 Ton Freight Motor 401.

A slow Speeder that can only travel at 6 MPH.

Samtrak 2501 is a GE 25 tonner built 1942 for the US Army. Dick Samuels purchased it in 1992 for use on SamTrak tourist train. When that ended, he donated the locomotive to Oregon Electric Railway Museum in 2005. Has the name of "Little Toot".

25-ton Diesel locomotive.

Scene outside the car barn.

Looking out of the car barn.

Boeing-Vertol Light Rail Car 1213.

Anaconda Copper 25 Ton Freight Motor 254.

Snow sweeper built by the McGuire Car Company built in 1899 for the East Side Railway.

Council Crest Streetcar 503 built in 1904 by J.G. Brill for the Portland Street Railway.

Blackpool British Double-Decker 48 built in 1928 by Blackpool Tramways.

Portland Railway Light & Power Wooden Interurban 1067 built in 1907.

Crown Crest Street Car 506 built in 1904 by the J.G. Brill Company.

Los Angeles Railway 1318 narrow gauge built by the St. Louis Car Company in 1923.

Single Truck Car for operations in Porto, Portugal built in 1940.

SP&S Railway 713 was built in 1910 at Great Northern's McCloud shop using parts from a GN 4-wheel car. Sold to SP&S in 1910.

Hong Kong Double-Deck Tram built in 1952 by the Hong Kong Tramways.

Muni PCC Car 1159 built 1946 by the St. Louis Car Company.

Car Barn Scene. From here I went outside to take what was out there.

Seattle Transit Trolley Bus 604 built in 1940 by Twin Cities Coach Company.

Seattle Transit Trolley Bus 648 built in 1944 by the Pullman Company.

BC Transit Trolley Bus 2411 built in1954 by the CCF/Brill.

Mt. Hood Railway Interurban Express 1191 built in 1911 by the Kuhlman Company.

Muni PCC Car 1118 built in 1946 by the St. Louis Car Company.

A Rail Crane.

A narrow gauge work car.

Wooden work train car.

A 25 ton diesel locomotive from Salmon Bay Steel in Seattle.

A truckless work crew car.

Southern Pacific Bucyrus-Erie Crane 7629.

WPRX Spreader 4057.

Southern Pacific Flanger MW 328.

Portland Terminal S-2 36.

There are two flat cars here. I started the walk back to the boarding area.

There is a Wag Wig located here.

I got a Trolley Photo Runby.

The Brooks Southern Pacific Station. I met back up with Bob and Elizabeth then said goodbye to our hosts before we left the wonderful Oregon Electric Railway Museum. We left Brooks and headed back to Portland stopping at Elmer's so we could have dinner. I had a Flat Iron Steak which was excellent. I changed into my getting through Airport Security clothes before we headed to Portland International Airport where they dropped me off and I said goodbye to two of my dearest friends on planet earth. I went through security which was no problem, changed back into my shorts and then sat down. I plugged in, got on-line and put this morning's SP 4449 Trip on-line with the corrections. I worked and finished this story then uploaded it so Winston could proof it. I listened to Let's Talk Trains while I did this. My flight for home boarded and it was a fine flight and got my back to Santa Ana on time and my mother picked me up ending a fine series of trips around the NRHS Convention in Tacoma.