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The Oregon Electric Railway Museum is the largest streetcar/trolley museum in the Pacific Northwest of the United Statesmarker. It is owned and operated by the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society and is located in Brooks, Oregonmarker, on the grounds of Antique Powerlandmarker.

The original museum opened in Glenwood, about 40 miles west of Portlandmarker, in 1959, with operation of streetcars starting in 1963. It was named Trolley Park or, more commonly, the Trolley Park, but its formal name in later years was the same as the present museum. Operation at that site ended in autumn 1995.

The current museum opened in Brooks in 1996. The museum consists of about one mile of mainline track with overhead wire. There is a four-track carbarn to store the international collection of streetcars.

The collection includes:
  • Two Portlandmarker 1904 Brill streetcars (nicknamed Council Crest type), Nos. 503 and 506
  • Portland 1932 Brill "Master Unit", No. 813
  • Portland-built interurban, No. 1067
  • Blackpool, England double-decker tram, No. 48
  • Sydney, Australia, open-sided "Breezer" streetcar, No. 1187
  • Porto, Portugal single-truck streetcar, No. 210
  • Los Angeles "yellow" car, No. 1318
  • Two San Francisco PCC streetcars, Nos. 1118 and 1159
  • San Francisco Boeing LRV, No. 1213
  • Hong Kong double-decker tram, No. 12
  • Portland snow sweeper, No. 1455
  • Three electric locomotive "steeple cabs"
  • Three types of trolley buses: a Twin Coach and a Pullman Standard from Seattle and a CCF-Brill from Vancouvermarker


The museum is open from May through October with trolley operations on weekends. The big event of the year is the annual Steamup during the last week of July, and the first weekend of August. Thousands of riders use the trolley during these two weekends.

References

  1. Young, Andrew D. (1997). Veteran & Vintage Transit, p. 90. St. Louis: Archway Publishing. ISBN 0-9647279-2-7.
  2. Thompson, Richard (2006). Portland's Streetcars, pp. 34 and 110. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-3115-4.


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