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)
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)
Sumpter Work Extra. Eccles Lumber Heisler #3 hauls a short work train eastbound toward McEwen on a changeable fall day. In the consist this day are West Side Lumber "Coffin Tank"... (more)
Built for power more than speed. Eccles Lumber Company #3 hauls a short work extra eastbound out of Sumpter, toward Baker City on a sparkling winter morning in February.
Although she c... (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)
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.
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)
A blanket of stratocumulus envelops the nearby Elkhorn range as the crew of the Sumpter Valley Railroad's Fall Photo Train throws the last of the switches that will take Heisler #3 and cons... (more)
With the autumn sun sinking rapidly in the west, the Sumpter Valley Railroad's Fall Photo Train enters the east leg of the McEwen Wye, headed for the shops and the end of two days of photog... (more)
Servicing stop: McEwen Yard. The crew of W.H. Eccles Lumber Company Heisler #3 executes a wood and water stop at the water tank in the McEwen Yard. Servicing a wood-burning locomotive is a... (more)
Mixed service to Sumpter. W.H. Eccles Lumber Company Heisler #3 grinds its way west toward Sumpter Station with a mixed freight and passenger consist on a late fall afternoon. The 3-ft ga... (more)
Coming home to McEwen. Rain clouds threaten, as W.H. Eccles Lumber Company Heisler #3 holds the west leg of the McEwen Wye with a mixed freight and passenger consist. In the foreground, Fi... (more)
The colorful Sumpter Valley Railroad. Sumpter Valley's 1915-vintage Heisler #3 hauls a colorful consist of mixed freight on the westbound run toward Sumpter in the late afternoon sun.