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)
Throttling up at East Siding Switch Quartz after swapping locomotive consists and withdrawing from helper service, a Union Pacific westbound freight heads west toward LaGrande, OR. Check out that... (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)
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)
The Jacks Were Back when the grips of the early 1980's recession finally lifted and western railroads found themselves short on power. The issue was magnified when steamship lines started shippin... (more)
Flying high over the Crooked River bridge on a sunny fall day, what could be finer than a beautiful streamliner?
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.