Travel Back in Time at The Great Oregon Steam-Up

From our friends at Powerland Heritage Park:

If you could travel back a century ago, you would see a world much different than today. Now it’s possible thanks to the 52nd annual Great Oregon Steam-Up. Guests are transported back in time to witness the great machines of the past come to life. We’re talking old steam engines, tractors, fire engines, cars, trolleys, and machinery.

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The Great Oregon Steam-Up is located at Powerland Heritage Park, a 62-acre campus of 14 museums dedicated to preserving Oregon’s mechanical history and educating the public about the fantastic machines that helped build Oregon.

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Steam-Up is designated an “Oregon Heritage Tradition” and was named “2022 Best Annual Event” by the Best of the Willamette Valley awards. It’s a unique, family-friendly event packed with fun activities for the entire family, including:

• Miniature train rides.
• Full-sized trolley rides (additional fee).
• Youth Passport program with prizes and pins to collect.
• A firefighting challenge course and fire bucket activities.
• A fun LEGO display.
• Panning for gold.
• A daily parade of vintage tractors, trucks, steam engines, and automobiles.
• Demonstrations in a real Blacksmith shop.
• A working steam-powered sawmill.
• Threshing and flour milling exhibits.
• Logging demonstrations.
• Fire apparatus demonstrations, including fire engines.
• 14 different museums to tour!
• New for 2022 – Willamette Valley Model Railroad Museum (phase 1 open).
• Swap meet and flea market.
• Music.
• Food vendors.

Courtesy Powerland Heritage Park

Steam-Up is the premier event at Powerland Heritage Park, attracting more than 15,000 visitors annually. All 14 museums are open to the public and include fascinating exhibits such as:

• The oldest unrestored school bus in the United States. (Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum)
• The world’s oldest Caterpillar diesel tractor, an Old Tusco SIXTY. (Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum)
• The first electrical generator installed on Mt. Hood that powered the ski lift before electric service was available. (Antique Implement Society Museum)
• A 1927 double-decker trolley previously operated in Blackpool, England. (Oregon Electric Railway Museum)
• A realistic model railroad display depicting Oregon’s historic Siskiyou railroad line. (Willamette Valley Model Railroad Museum)

Powerland Heritage Park and Steam-Up provide a fun environment where kids can learn something new without realizing it! Step back in time and discover Oregon’s history.

The Great Oregon Steam-Up Event Details:

When: July 30-31, and August 6-7, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Powerland Heritage Park, north of Salem at I-5 exit 263
Cost: $18 per person (12 and under free)
Parking: $5 per car
Tickets: or at the gate.

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