Sumpter Valley Narrow Gauge, Oregon

fitz Oct 26, 2010

  1. fitz

    fitz Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Recently, Martin Hansen posted a beautiful photo of Sumpter Valley Heisler No. 3 on another board. I have visited Sumpter Valley three times, all on photographers specials run by Martin. The first one was in the fall, October, 2003 and I was still shooting film. The second was a White Pass and Yukon charade with 2-8-2 No. 19 disguised as WP 81, in May 2006, my first railfan photos with a DSLR. The third was in May of this year, as No. 19 was running out of time on the 15 year, 1472 hour FRA steam rule. I just rescanned some of the negatives from 2003 (print film) and would like to promote the Sumpter Valley operation. I will do it in short segments, otherwise it will disappear off the board in no time.

    Sumpter Valley is photogenic at night
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    And early in the morning
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    Both of these from 2003.
     
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  2. Hytec

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    Nice, Jim, keep 'em comin'......!
     
  3. BoxcabE50

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    Jim-

    Aren't you a moderator of this forum? If so, you can make the topic stay by making it a sticky!

    Beautiful pix!!!!!!!!

    Boxcab E50
     
  4. bravogjt

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    Great pictures! I look forward to seeing more of them.

    Ben
     
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  6. fitz

    fitz Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks, guys. Michael, I see from your album that you really checked out the facility there. Amazing how much stuff is around, isn't it? Did you see the dredge? :tb-biggrin:
     
  7. fitz

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    Continuing on with the versatility of this operation, you can photograph the trains in fall, with colors on the trees.

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    And you can photograph it in the spring, when snow is still present on the Elkhorn mountains nearby.

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  8. BoxcabE50

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    I love fall photos. The colors make such a fantastic backdrop. I had hoped to take a few pictures this year, but stiff winds cleaned the trees in a couple of days.

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  9. fitz

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    You can even photograph the White Pass and Yukon at Sumpter Valley, on certain occasions when the outstanding crew there disguises their engines and rolling stock.

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    Closeup

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  10. BoxcabE50

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    Isn't some of their rolling stock actually original WP&Y?

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  11. fitz

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    Ken, yes it is, quite a few cars, in fact. I haven't made this a sticky because I don't want to promote my own stuff. I'll just continue to add to it for a day or two more, with Heisler no. 3 coming up. :tb-biggrin:
     
  12. fitz

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    Here is Heisler No. 3. She is a true wood burner and will be the only steam locomotive running at Sumpter Valley while 2-8-2 No. 19 goes through her 15 year, 1472 hour FRA form 4 work.

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    More recent shot, in this scenic place.

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  13. BoxcabE50

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    The fire box must be pretty large, seeing the size of those wood slabs.

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  14. hspent2468

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    Such lovely Evening and Sunset photographs and I think Shay engines are so cute!
     

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