RailPictures.Net Photo: SVRy 19 Sumpter Valley Railway Steam 2-8-2 at Sumpter, Oregon by Kevin Madore
  Login Sign Up 

Photo Location Map Locomotive Details Location/Date of Photo

View Larger Map
Sumpter Valley Railway (more..)
Steam 2-8-2 (more..)
Sawmill Gulch (more..)
Sumpter, Oregon, USA (more..)
October 13, 2018
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
SVRy 19 (more..)
Photo Log Train (more..)
Kevin Madore (more..)
Contact Photographer Photographer Profile 
Remarks & Notes 
Fall color in the Powder River Valley. Sumpter Valley Railway Mikado #19 hauls a short log train east out of Sumpter on a colorful fall day, with an eventual destination of Baker City, some 30 miles distant. Of course, its been over 70 years since the tracks went as far as Baker City, but standing here in the wilderness watching this scene, it is easy to dream yourself back to a time when narrow gauge railroads were the way one got around this part of Oregon.

During the nearly 60-year run of the original Sumpter Valley Railway, the line operated a wide variety of power. For about the first 30 years, wood-burning 4-4-0 Americans and 2-6-0 Moguls were the dominant types in use. Then, beginning in the teens and 20s, 2-8-0 Consolidations and 2-8-2 Mikado types replaced the older engines, providing more tractive effort to handle larger and heavier trains. These locomotives also continued to burn wood for fuel. Finally in the railroad's last years, the Mikados, including this engine right here, were sold off. In the case of the 19, she went to the White Pass and Yukon in Alaska. In 1941, the railroad purchased a pair of big, 2-6-6-2 articulated locos from the Uintah Railway. These engines were converted to oil firing, and did the lion's share of the heavy lifting, right up until the very end in 1947.

Community Response Photo Comments (0) 
Views: 1,076     Favorited: 8
Since added on December 13, 2018

+ Add to Favorites

+ Nominate for People's Choice

+ Subscribe

+ Add to Photo Album

+ Post a Photo Comment
* Views on this page updated in real-time.

 User Photo Albums Containing this Photo (1)+ Add to Album
Sumpter Valley Fall Photo Train

Album created by member Kevin Madore
Album Views: 4,443
Some memorable images from the annual fall event at the Sumpter Valley Railroad
Add to Photo Album or Get Your Own Photo Album

EXIF Data for this photo: [What's this?]

This image contains EXIF headers - Click Here to show the data.

Photo Copyright 2018 Kevin Madore. All Rights Reserved. Photo Usage Policy
This website Copyright © 2002-2020. All Rights Reserved.
Do Not Sell My Personal Information