The Oregon Pacific Railroad is here to stay. Taking over two fledging branch lines from Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, the OPR has been able to successfully expand its business and have a very positive impact on the Portland Metro area. The ability to balance the local business need for efficient rail transport services, while allowing for the expansion of recreational and environmental preservation opportunities, make the Oregon Pacific Railroad a unique and appreciated part of the local community. Balancing those business needs and risks while protecting and promoting railroad historical preservation and continuing to inspire the dreams of railroad enthusiasts is one of the OPR's strongest desires. Samuels generosity to rail fans and local preservation groups will continue as an inspiration to the OPR legacy for as long as it is humanly possible to achieve the combination of those goals.
The SP pulled our nation's Bicentennial Train and may well be the most photographed locomotive in the world. Now these engines need your help! After their donation to the city in , these three steam engines sat in the weather at Oaks Amusement Park for decades.
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