Riding the Clark's Triple-Header. As seen from the first car, here's what the power line-up looks like, as it pushes the train up the grade through "Wolfman Territory." Stepping ... (more)
Heisler, Climax and Shay. Here's another "just because we can" run-by at the White Mountain Central, featuring one example of all three major geared steam locomotive types. On the point o... (more)
Top Ten of 2018. Here's a look back at my Top 10 favorite shots from 2018.7. The sun has just barely made an appearance in the eastern Oregon sky as W.H. Eccles Lumber Com... (more)
Sunrise over McEwen. On the first day of the 2018 Sumpter Valley fall photo event, the trains faced east. The sunrise at McEwen Station is essentially aligned with the right-of-way, so f... (more)
The Volunteers of Sumpter Valley. The crews of our two 2018 Sumpter Valley Fall Photo Trains pose on the pilots before saddling up to ride. From left to right, they are as follows: Jim Gri... (more)
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.
Eccles Lumber Work Train. A short work train serving the Eccles Lumber Company takes advantage of a break in the Sumpter Valley Railway schedule to shuttle a team of loggers and their tool... (more)
Sumpter Valley Railway's No. 3 and No. 19 meet mid-day by the water tower at McEwin, OR.
Two of Sumpter Valley's locomotives, 2-8-2 No. 19 on the left and No. 3, a 2-truck Heisler, center right - on loan from the W.H. Eccles Lumber Company, are serviced at the railroad's yard in McEwe... (more)
Engineer Sam McCloskey leans out of the cab to get a view around the bend as he brings No. 3, a 2-truck Heisler, east bound through Sumpter, OR en route to McEwin with a small mixed train.
Heisler Locomotive Works 2-Truck Heisler
The fastest of the geared steam locomotive designs, yet has the same low-speed hauling ability of other geared locomotives such as the Shay... (more)
Crack of dawn at the Sumpter Valley Railroad
McEwin, Oregon - The last of the fog has all but burned off, it's 19 degrees Fahrenheit, eighteen years into the new century on October 14th,... (more)
Like father, like.....daughter? After firing Eccles Lumber Company #3 during most of the Saturday session of the Sumpter Valley Fall Photo Train, Fireman Jennifer Jenks watches as the last ... (more)
Heisler Hogger, Sam McCloskey. As I visit the various preserved steam operations around the US, each railroad seems to have at least one engineman or fireman who has really mastered the &q... (more)
Fall color along the Powder River Valley. By mid-October, the nights along Eastern Oregon's Powder River get pretty chilly and the change of season brings some interesting color to the lan... (more)