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T

he Oregon Rail Heritage
Center opened in September
2012. The interior of this
impressive building houses
three beautifully restored
steam locomotives. One of
them is the Southern Pacific Locomotive
#4449 which pulled the 1976 Bicentennial
Freedom Train throughout the United States.
The Center also highlights the history of
Portland's Brooklyn Rail Yard and the activities that took place there.
In 2011, E. John Rumpakis, a Past
Supreme Governor and active member of
Portland's Mt. Hood Chapter 154, approached
Bill Failing, a Past President of the Oregon
Historical Society and Capital Campaign
Coordinator for the Oregon Rail Heritage
Foundation, with a thought. Something
was missing in the center: the people that
built the railroads. After lengthy discussions between E. John and Bill, AHEPA's
Oral History Project Co-chairs, Past Grand
Governor Cleo Rumpakis and Past Mt. Hood
Chapter President Nicolas Hanches, took it
upon themselves to expand the work of the
Oral History Project by leading the design
and building of an exhibit within the Rail
Heritage Center. The exhibit would honor
the Greek immigrants that helped build
the railroads serving Oregon and Southern
Washington.
In order to capture the true-life experiences of these early immigrants, the project
began by interviewing the families of some

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