Who We Are?

Sweetbrier Park began in 1968 as the dream come true for Oregon-native Bill Krauss. His lifelong passion for trains led him to purchase with his wife Marie the 19 acres in Scio/Lyons area, southeast of Salem, OR. Over the years, he built a train station, laid 1/2 mile loop of 2ft. gauge track, installed a bridge, cleared large areas for picnics and parking, established RV sites and planted some trees and foliage to create the perfect Oregon wooded experience for visitors from near and far. 
The train park now consists of more than a 1/2 mile of 2ft gauge 20 lb. steel track. It has three engines: the Audrey K, a model A our ; Lit’l Bill, a Wisconsin engine; and Wilhelm, a Volkswagen engine. It has several cars to carry riders throughout the park and to the picnic and event areas. Bill and Marie devoted their lives to creating happy memories for Oregon families.
In 2012, Dustin and Keri Anderson & family purchased the park. Their dream is to build on the atmosphere that Bill and Marie Krauss created.
Over the years they have updating and refurbished the park as well as adding many wondrous forest creatures to enhance the train ride particularly over Halloween!
Sweetbrier Family Fall-In -For Fun Festival Train Ride’s is an annual event the last weekend in September and first four weekends in October.

Our motto

Family together time is precious and doesn’t last forever!!



“Even in the briers love is sweet”

∼Audrey Marie Krauss∼