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Coming Soon to the Willamette Heritage Center: Caboose #507 – Welcome Party July 28th in #SalemOR

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Coming Soon to the Willamette Heritage Center

Oregon & California Caboose #507

Arriving Friday, July 28th!

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mills ST SE, Salem, OR

In 2015, the Willamette Heritage Center was offered a unique treasure – 1909 Oregon & California Caboose #507. Since its retirement in 1962, the Caboose has rested in a forest outside of Eugene, Oregon. The property owner offered the Caboose to the WHC in hopes that it could be restored and preserved as a symbol of the Willamette Valley’s past. After several years of preparation and coordination, we finally have an arrival date set for the Caboose on Friday, July 28th!

Join us for a welcome party all day at the museum. We’ll have a live stream of the move in the theatre, fun train-related activities for children, snacks and refreshments, and more!



According to the 1913 ICC Roster list for Southern Pacific Cabooses, Caboose #507 was one of nine cabooses made by the Standard Steel Car, Co. for the Oregon & California Railroad in 1909. As part of the O&C’s merger with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1915, the car was transferred to the Southern Pacific Railroad. Maintenance cards from the Portland Rail Yard show continued use of Caboose #507 in Oregon through at least 1954. The Caboose was retired from service in 1962 and sold to a private party. Since that time, it has been maintained on private property near Eugene, Oregon.

Interpretive Goals

Once the transportation and restoration of Caboose #507 is complete, visitors will be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the purpose of the caboose and its role in local transportation history
  • Learn about individuals who lived and worked around this car
  • Be exposed to and tangibly interact with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) principles related to the operation of a railroad in this area

The Caboose will be designed with an ADA accessible ramp and decking to allow all visitors the ability to experience its interior.

The relocation and restoration of the Caboose would not be possible without the generous donation of time, expertise, and resources from several individuals and organizations. Thank you to the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for your generous roles in getting Caboose 507 home!

  • Kay Lee & Dave Brown
  • Albany & Eastern Railroad
  • Ed Austin & Associates
  • Boatwright Engineering
  • Cougar Construction
  • Financial Products & Services, Inc.
  • Salem Downtown Rotary Club
  • Trust Management Services
  • Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Willamette Heritage Center Page


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