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52. Railroad Park

Railroaders of all ages will find much to love at Medford’s popular 49-acre Railroad Park.

Visitors can ride diesel trains and a motor car, view unique model railroad layouts and the Hogwarts Express, send and receive telegrams, tour historical railroad equipment and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of each month through October at the intersection of Table Rock Road and Berrydale Avenue (the park entry off Berrydale is shared by Fire Station No. 4. When you turn onto Berrydale, stay to the left to enter the parking lot of the park).

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to offset park costs.

Southern Oregon Live Steamers hosts diesel and steam locomotives on more than a mile of 7½-inch scale track. It takes about 9 minutes to traverse the route through tunnels, bridges and hills. Kids particularly enjoy the Thomas and Friends loop encircling the large Garden Railway.

Railroad Park has other popular attractions, including full-sized railroad cars, a caboose, a hopper car, Medco’s Four Spot Willamette Locomotive, a miniature indoor railway, a working telegraph system and an operating outdoor Garden Railway.

In addition to the Live Steamers, Railroad Park is operated by the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Morse Telegraph Club, Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club and Medford Garden Railroaders. See www.soc-nrhs.org/medfordrrpark.htm

Railroad Park in Medford is popular with train buffs of all ages. [Mail Tribune / file photo]