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    Today the Sumpter Valley runs on about 6 miles of tracks between McEwen, where its maintenance facility is located, and the village of Sumpter. The track uses the original right-of-way of the former Sumpter Valley Railway and was progressively rebuilt between 1976 and 1991 by volunteers from the non-profit organization that operates the railroad (the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration Inc.). Most of the rails are used rails donated by the Union Pacific. Today the Sumpter Valley runs several trains a day between McEwen and Sumpter, on weekends and holidays from the end of May until the end of September. Train schedule is available on the Sumpter Valley Railway official website. The tourist railroad also runs several special trains a year. The pictures of the gallery were taken during a fall colours photo freight special.


Sumpter Valley Railway map
The Sumpter Valley Railway line


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The train ready for departure in McEwen, with engine #3 on the point.
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Heisler #3 on the mainline west of McEwen.
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A freight train led by Heisler #3 in the valley.
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Heisler #3 and its train in a wooded area of the valley.
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The mainline follows the Powder River part of the way.
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Near Sumpter, the track winds in the middle of the dredge tailing lines, scares of the intense gold mining in the valley.
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Arrival in Sumpter, the western terminal of the Sumpter Valley.
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In Sumpter, the dredge used to mine gold from the valley floor until 1954 is now part of an Oregon State Park.



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