Portland Council Crest #503

Car # 503 is one of the famous Council Crest Cars that operated in Portland, Oregon, up to the top of its nicknamed hill. It was one of 10 cars built in 1904 for Portland Railway Co. The museum retains 2 of this class of cars, the other is 506.

503 does not retain its original running gear. The street railways of Portland ran on narrow gauge tracks (3”6”). The car currently has standard gauge trucks, a necessity for it to run at the museum. This car operated in San Francisco during the 1980s the streetcar festivals while the cable cars were shut down.

This car is in dire need of restoration. Your donations will help restore this beautiful car, and important Portland history, back to operation!


Car Facts

Year Built: 1904

Builder: J. G Brill

Year Retired: 1949

Museum Acquired:

Track Gauge: Standard


Status: Static Display


Sister car # 504 when it was in service in Portland: