Homeward bound. A Mt. Emily Lumber Company train heads east toward the yards in the City of Prineville, Oregon, under a cobalt blue winter sky.
A purposeful machine. Mt. Emily Lumber Company's Shay #1 rolls slowly through the sagebrush steppe of Central Oregon, en route to her home in the City of Prineville. The afternoon sun hig... (more)
Blow-down! The crew of Mt. Emily Lumber Company's Shay #1 executes an extended blow-down of the locomotive's boiler, just after crossing the Crooked River on the eastbound run to Prineville... (more)
Where the Shays play. Mt. Emily Lumber Company Shay #1 drifts slowly through a forest S-curve, en route to the pick-up point for another load of logs, destined for a sawmill outside Prinevi... (more)
Where the Shays play. Mt. Emily Lumber Company Shay #1 poses for a portrait in her natural element.....in the woods of Oregon. Actually, there are not a lot of woods near Prineville, where... (more)
Shuttling Timber. After dropping a load of fresh timber at a nearby sawmill, Mt. Emily Shay #1 crosses the Crooked River with her string of empty log bunks, headed back to the high country.... (more)
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)
With the the State Route 341 Overpass just ahead, a northbound V&T freight is but a few hundred yards from making its entrance into Virginia City on a crystal clear February afternoon.
A tale of 7 tunnels: The former Tunnel #5! The old V&T Virginia City Branch included 7 tunnels, 5 of which lined the route from Carson City to Virginia City. The last of these, and ... (more)
Glory Days. In a scene reminiscent of the glory days of the V&T, Locomotives 29 and 18 charge out the east portal of the "Yellow Jacket Tunnel", pouring gorgeous plumes into the desert sky.... (more)
First light over Scales. Morning cloud cover filters the mid-winter sunrise over Scales as the former McCloud River Railroad Mikado #18 hauls a cut of freight cars north toward Gold Hill an... (more)
Steamscape: Gold Hill. Both of the new V&T's steamers combine their muscle to haul a freight up the last mile and a half from Gold Hill to Virginia City on a chilly winter day. McCloud #18... (more)
Sunrise over Scales. Pre-dawn snow showers give way to clearing skies over Nevada's Comstock Region, as a V&T Freight winds its way north over the "crookedest shortline in America."
The ... (more)