(Not) Stopping by woods on a snowy evening
W.H. Eccles Lumber's 3-spot trundles a work extra through fresh snow on the Sumpter Valley.
Finished taking water, it's now time to put some wood on. No.3 stands by the Water Tower at McEwen during the Sumpter Valley Railroad photographers weekend
Out of the mountains and into the valley, #19 pours on the smoke as it accelerates on one of the few flat and straight stretches of track on the railroad.
Running an all volunteer steam railro... (more)
Normally assigned to log trains, Heisler #3 is being used on a short passenger extra carrying lumber company executives to visit a newly opened logging spur.
Ok, I suppose that a historically b... (more)
Number 19 storms through Rock Cut headed eastbound towards McEwen.
Sometimes the last minute changes end up being the best shots. I had originally planned for a different angle at this locatio... (more)
Mixed Service: Prairie City to Baker. Running since well before dawn, Sumpter Valley's handsome Mikado #19 leaves a frosty white plume as she hauls an express mixed train east out of Prairi... (more)
Looking the part. Looking every bit like the hogger you'd expect to see in the cab of a wood-burning Heisler in the wilderness of Eastern Oregon, Sumpter Valley Engineer Sam McCloskey alway... (more)
Carrying on the tradition of narrow gauge steam railroading along Eastern Oregon's Powder River, Engineer Eric Wunz is among the corps of die-hard volunteers who are the heart and soul of t... (more)
Looking right at home in the tall timber of the Powder River Valley, Eccles Lumber Heisler #3 plods slowly eastward on the Sumpter Valley Railway, with a short work extra. Although #3 was... (more)
We'll be needing the sanders..... Sumpter Valley Engineer Eric Wunz makes one last check of the sand supply on Mikado #19 as he prepares depart McEwen and head west toward Sumpter. A snow... (more)
A machine with "character". That's how Fireman Jennifer Jenks described "her" engine to me. With her oversize, one-of-a-kind spark arrestor stack and a pair of antlers... (more)
Endless reflecting pools. Just half a mile or so from an arrival in the tiny Oregon town of Sumpter, the SVRy's Mikado #19 hauls an early afternoon mixed train north through the Powder Rive... (more)
Heisler #3 loves the cold. Being a wood-burner, Sumpter Valley's Heisler #3 doesn't normally produce a lot of smoke and steam effects in warm weather. Because of that, she's not always a ... (more)
Fall color along the Powder River. A westbound Sumpter Valley mixed train runs just above the placid Powder River on a cool fall afternoon.
Although the present-day Sumpter Valley Railr... (more)
Sumpter Valley's Crew. The crews of the two Sumpter Valley Fall Photo Trains pose with their locomotives just prior to a lunch stop in Sumpter, Oregon. From left to right: Lon Wall - Work ... (more)