Sumpter Valley Railway
The Sumpter Valley Railway was a logging and mining railroad with a long history. It began in 1890, and the original freight line shut down in 1961, with only a short length of track in Baker City at the end.
During it's 'heyday', it ran 80 miles between Baker City and Prairie City, Oregon. It served several sawmills and connected with the Union Pacific in Baker City. SVRy was a narrow-gauge railroad to accommodate the sharper curves to get higher into the valleys being logged. Many logging lines used this idea, and the SVRy was one to go so far as to include a switchback to get over one of the steeper passes in a shorter length of travel, without tunneling.
The Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration, Inc. began in 1971, and is a non-profit corporation. It has an operating museum, showcasing two steam engines and several original cars. Rides on the train are pulled by the steam locomotives and begin on Memorial Day Weekend and continue every weekend through September. An all day Photographer's Special is open to the public, October 14, 2007, when the fall colors are at their best.
We also accept donations in any amount, and we encourage members to become volunteers. All crew positions are volunteer, including the engineers. It takes over 5 years of dedicated work to become qualified as an engineer. For interested volunteers, the first weekend in May is Safety Weekend, and this is your best chance to start training. To start at other times, please call the phone number below.
We have many expansions and additions to our museum in progress. We have an extensive picture gallery showing where we are now and where we were over the last few seasons, on our Web site.
Members are always welcome to join our organization and become equal owners of the railroad, and all equipment. If you have ever wanted to own a steam train, now is your chance. You may pay by PayPal if you like, or call 541-894-2268. Members receive our newsletter 6 times a year and ride the train free on "Membership Appreciation Day". Members may also participate in voting in the elections of directors.