Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society was founded in
1957. The OERHS is an Oregon Non-Profit Public Benefit
Corporation. It is recognized by the IRS as a Non-For-Profit public
benefit Corporation under Section 501(c)3.
The Original Museum Location at Glenwood,
The OERHS had its first operating Trolley Museum
at Glenwood, Oregon along Hwy 6 between Tillamook and Portland. The
Museum was in operation from the 1960's up to October of 1995 when
it was closed. Due to declining patronage and a lease set to expire,
the OERHS had been looking for a new location with better visibility
as well as better weather conditions.
The Current Museum Location in Brooks,
In 1995 the OERHS signed a lease
in Brooks Oregon. This is location of the current
Oregon Electric Railway Museum.
Electrified trolley operation at the new museum started in 1999. In
2004 the museum started Sunday operations over the summer, plus
special events. 2009 started full weekend operation. Each year the
museum rail line is extended or enhanced.
The Willamette Shore
Trolley in Lake Oswego/ Portland, Oregon
Also in 1995 the OERHS signed an
agreement with the City of Lake Oswego to operate the Willamette Shore Trolley. This tourist trolley line operates
between Lake Oswego and Portland Oregon. It operates from May - October
each year. The Willamette Shore has changed a few time based on
development in the South Waterfront Area of Portland. Current operation
is truncated due to work on the Sellwood Bridge with service only
between Lake Oswego and Powers Marine Park.
The OERHS is a volunteer
organization, thus it is membership driven. Members are the backbone
of the organization.
The Mission of the Oregon Electric
Railway Historical Society, Inc. is to preserve the regional Heritage of
electric railway transportation as a living resource for the benefit of
the present and future generations.
To fulfill this mission The Society
The study of electric
railways, their physical equipment, properties and operation,
devoting special attention to the electric railways of western
the procurement and
preservation of historic electric railway equipment, materials and
the display, interpretation
and operation of surviving historic equipment, materials and
keeping with the OERHS Mission Statement, the following information is
presented On Line: