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.
Westbound on the Stump-Dodger. Leaving the McEwen Yard behind, a Sumpter Valley Freight, affectionately known as the "Stump-Dodger", heads west toward Prairie City on a frigid February morn... (more)
Sunrise over McEwen. Although the clouds are breaking off to the east, a mountain snow shower is still depositing light snow over the yard at McEwen, as a pair of freights get ready to head... (more)
After spending the last 30 minutes chopping ice from the crossing, the crew of Sumpter Valley's Locomotive 19 slowly guides their 1920 Alco product across Saw Mill Gulch Road. The enginee... (more)
Ah, the joys of railroading in the winter. A plow extra crew from the Sumpter Valley Railroad is forced to stop and deal with ice jams in the flanges at a grade crossing just east of Sumpte... (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)