Steam Siphon in Action. Fireman Martin Hansen checks the level in the water tank on Mt. Emily Shay #1, as the locomotive's steam siphon draws water from the Lytle Creek and pours it into th... (more)
Haulin' empties. The 90-ton Mt. Emily Lumber Company Shay #1 rumbles across the bridge spanning US Route 26, hauling a short string of empty log bunks toward the nearby town of Prineville, ... (more)
A sunny oasis in an otherwise stormy state. A deck of high cirrus clouds is starting to break as a Mt. Emily Lumber Company Shay and a string of log bunks travels eastbound past some of the... (more)
Long before dawn, the crew of Mt. Emily Lumber Company #1 slowly brings their 90-ton, oil-burning Shay up to operating pressure by the sand tower in the City of Prineville Railroad Yard. T... (more)
Movin' on. Having just taken water at the McEwen Tank, Engineer Eric Wunz eases Locomotive 19 and her mixed freight out of the yard to begin the roughly 20-mile eastbound run to Baker City.... (more)
Sumpter's handsome Mike. One of the finest-looking narrow gauge locomotives still in operation, Sumpter Valley's #19 hauls a mixed freight eastbound out of Sumpter, bound for McEwen. Buil... (more)
Fill 'er up! In this unusual view from the top of the locomotive's oil tank, Sumpter Valley Engineer Eric Wunz fills the tender cistern on the railroad's 1920 Alco Mikado #19, as his train ... (more)
"The Great Locomotive Chase." Engineer J.B. "Bret" Bane and Fireman Taylor Rush extract every bit of horsepower they can out of their 99 year-old Heisler, in an effort to keep their spacing... (more)
The Stump Dodger in its element. Because of the extensive gold dredging along the Powder River in the early 1900s, much of the 5-mile right of way of the current Sumpter Valley Railroad is ... (more)
Steam, snow...and God's country. Sumpter Valley's Alco #19 leads a morning freight east toward Baker City amidst the breath-taking landscape of Eastern Oregon.
Running Mates. A short Eccles Lumber Freight holds Hawley Spur as a Sumpter Valley Mixed Train charges past en route to McEwen and Baker City to the east.
Although the two locomotives p... (more)
Now arriving at McEwen..... A mixed train bound for Baker City arrives in the McEwen Yard at sunrise. After a brief servicing stop for water and wood, she'll pull forward to the depot and ... (more)
Fresh from her 1,472-day inspection, and looking like a brand new locomotive, Sumpter Valley's 1920 Alco Mikado #19 charges west out of a rock cut with a freght bound for Sumpter, just a co... (more)
Hot shot coming through! A local Sumpter Valley mixed train holds the Hawley Spur to clear the line for a hot shot freight headed west out of McEwen.
Although I had visited Sumpter Valle... (more)
Morning Mixed. The wood-burning Eccles Lumber Heisler #3 hauls an early morning mixed train westbound, in the shadow of the Oregon's snow-covered Elkhorn Mountain Range.