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Kepner Memorial Collection

Fred Kepner, born December 20, 1947 dedicated his life to the preservation of historic steam locomotives. In the late 1970’s he founded The Great Western Railroad Museum with the plan to collect and display for the public the historic steam locomotives that he would collect.

His hard work saved over a dozen steam locomotives and other railroad equipment.  His work caught the admiration of many in the railroading community. He enjoyed seeing visitors walk amongst his collection, learning about the history of the pieces, and spending his time working on the engines.

Fred is survived by his sister and her family.  His extensive collection was purchased by Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. OCSR will honor Fred’s memory and continue his dream of restoring engines to their former glory and preserving their history. While some locomotives will be sent to new homes, those that remain with OCSR.will form the Kepner Memorial Collection and will be kept at OCSR’s shops in Garibaldi and Tillamook, Oregon and will be on display for the public to enjoy for years to come.


“We all collect something.  His [Fred’s] was just on a grander scale.” ~ Brian Ratliff



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