Meet me at Hawley. An Eccles Lumber Company work train holds the siding at Hawley Spur, as her crew watches the passage of a westbound Sumpter Valley Railway log train on the main line.
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)
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)
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)
Highball for Sumpter. Less than an hour after sunrise, a Sumpter Valley mixed train heads west at Hawley Spur, on a pleasant fall day. Backlit situations can be difficult for many photogr... (more)
Morning mixed to Baker. A morning mixed train from Prairie City to Baker City passes a short work train at Hawley Spur, about 4 miles east of Sumpter. The power on the mixed is Sumpter Va... (more)
Bound for Baker City. After a brief stay in the hole at Hawley to allow a westbound freight to pass, Mixed Extra 19, resumes its eastbound journey toward Baker City, with half a dozen freig... (more)
Passing the local at Hawley Spur. A Sumpter Valley local mixed with Heisler #3 on the point, holds the Hawley Spur west of McEwen for the passage of a hot-shot freight making the run out to... (more)
Winter morning on the Sumpter. A Lerro charter, and as usual he got us up way earlier than we wanted to get up, but it was worth it.
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)
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.
The lighting was changing continuously, and this was a grab shot. The original image is much more backlit. The painting-like "lighting" reflects some heavy handed use of Photoshop to lighten the ... (more)
Winter eruption. I've never seen a plume quite this dramatic. Needless to say, it was cold. A Pete Lerro charter.