Pacific Railroad
Preservation Assoc.

The PRPA is a non-profit,
all-volunteer organization dedicated
to restoring, maintaining, and operating
historic railway equipment of the Pacific
Northwest. We are the official caretakers of
the SP&S 700, a 4-8-4 steam locomotive
that ranks among the largest steam
engines still in operation.

Latest News

Map of near southeast Portland showing the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (red teardrop), ORHC parking (under the 99E viaduct at the corner of SE Caruthers St. and SE Grand Ave.), Portland Streetcar's OMSI stop, and OMSI (blue teardrop). Use the map's controls to zoom in/out or click here to view a larger map or get directions.
  • Lerro Productions has arranged a photo shoot featuring the SP&S 700 steaming around the ORHF enginehouse and the OP interchange yard on Tuesday, October 14. This is a private shoot (no tresspassing!), but there are still several openings left. For more information or to purchase tickets go to We hope to see you there!
  • The Northwest Steam Rodeo Special mainline excursion planned for September 12 has been cancelled due to insufficient ticket sales. Those who have already purchased tickets will be receiving a full refund soon. We apologize for any inconveniences this cancellation may have caused. We are currently considering other possible events that the public and fans of the SP&S 700 might enjoy.
  • National Train Day at Portland Union Station was once again a big success. The SP&700 was joined by NTD newcomer Nickel Plate 190, an Alco-GE PA, as well as many other historic and modern items of rolling stock.
  • A "v-scale" SP&S 700 model for RailWorks rail simulator has been offered for sale by G-TraX Simulations as part of its "Preservation Series" of offerings. Net proceeds from the sale of this model are donated to the PRPA for the continued preservation of the 700. Even two years after the release of their product, G-TraX continues to be one of the PRPA's top donors based on this program! View the G-TraX website for details or to make a purchase.
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