Cascade Pacific Council - Scout Day at the ORHC Engine House - presented by Timberline District

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Scout Day at the ORHC Engine House - presented by Timberline District

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Scout Day at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHF) Engine House

Open to all Districts!

Open to Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA

February 24, 2024

Two Sessions to choose from 9:00AM or 11:00AM.

Scouts will rotate through learning stations during the one-hour presentation time. The event will conclude with a 45-minute train ride.

Requirements Fulfilled

Cub Scouts: Railroad Segment
Scouts BSA: Railroading MB requirement 7b

Learning Stations

Steam Engine

  • Explain how a steam engine works, fuel types, fireman & engineer
  • Explain why steam engines are no longer used regularly to haul goods and passengers
  • Explain why a steam engine makes a “chuff chuff” sound
  • Talk about how big (or small!) the engine is and why they were designed that way and the type of work it did

Diesel Engine 

  • Explain how a diesel engine works and how it makes power to turn the wheels
  • Explain why diesel engines replaced steam engines on the railroads
  • Identify key features: horn, headlight, cab, coupler, fuel tank, etc.
  • Compare and contrast to a steam engine

Machine Shop

  • Identify and briefly explain how each machine tool works, i.e. – lathe, mill, drill press, etc.
  • Explain how machinists are employed in a variety of industries: automotive, mining, aerospace, railway, heating and cooling, agriculture, etc.
  • Explain how the steam engines in the Center need to have custom made parts
  • Demonstrate running a machine tool cutting a piece of metal

Operation Lifesaver

  • Explain how to cross tracks safely and do not trespass on railroad property
  • Any time is train time
  • Show age-appropriate video
  • Use stories and or games to demonstrate safe behavior around railroad tracks

Model Railroad

  • Have a small model railroad or module on site to talk about
  • Explain how it is a great year-round family hobby that encourages technical and artistic skills
  • Explain how it can be operated to mimic a real railroad
  • Explain different scales and gauges and the benefits of all

Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

$5.00 per child or adult chaperone. The Scouting two-deep leadership policy will be followed.

Refund Policy
All reservations are nonrefundable.

Important Notes!

  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Wear uniform, but dress warm (one of the cars on the train ride is outdoors)
  • Train cars and ride are not ADA accessible (videos equivalent available)
  • Parking is in the lot under the bridge across the street
  • Location and Parking information:
When & Where
9:00AM Session
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Saturday 02-24-2024
9:00 AM PT to 10:45 AM PT Past
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11:00AM Session
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Saturday 02-24-2024
11:00 AM PT to 12:45 PM PT Past
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