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Sumpter Valley Railway

211 SW Austin, Baker City, OR 97814
(541) 894-2268
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Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in Baker City
Type: Scenic Railroads
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Syracuse, Utah
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We saw deer, a hawk and ducks on the ride! It was a fun little ride! Don't expect much out of the depots as far as shopping and you won't be disappointed.

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Alva, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

What wonderful comfortable easy ride either inside or in an open car or both. The scenery is of a stark mining area but with many ponds and wildlife present. The Railway staff are as informative and helpful as anyone could ask for. My wife and I enjoyed our ride and wouldn't hesitate suggesting others should do the same.

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Redmond, Oregon
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114 reviews 114 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This little oil fired 2-6-2 prarie steamer is oil fired and lumbers along very sedately. The engine is lovely and the steam whistle sound is an unequalled pleasure to hear. I only rated this down because the short (6 mile?) run travels thru the wasteland created by the Sumpter Dredge...and it depressed me to see so many square miles of... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We've stopped twice now. Boy is do they make this a great experience. You get to ride on a real train. If you sit in the open car, you can actually see the ashes from the wood settling around you. This isn't too far off of the Freeway (about 15-20 min). You pay for your train ride, wait for it... More

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We boarded the train for a roundtrip from McEwen to Sumpter, it was an awesome experience. We sat outside and they told us before we left the station that while going in to Sumpter we might want to move inside due to ashes from the woodburning engine landing on our clothes, it wasn't that bad at all, the black specs... More

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Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Wonderful experience, riding in a vintage train car pulled by a steam engine. The all-volunteer crew were friendly and knowledgeable, fun to watch the scenery go by, everyone on the train seemed to enjoy the trip. Plenty of time to visit the dredge in Sumpter and learn about its operation--amazed by the technology, appalled by the piles of rocks and... More

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Redmond, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

What could be cooler than a historic ride on a restored steam engine? Summertime in Sumpter wouldn't be the same without the sounds of the whistle blowing of the train in the distance. Riding the train is a fun experience for all ages young and old!

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Baker City Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I am one who loves to learn about history and this is neat! The Sumpter Valley Train was used in the late 1800's to transport Lumber and eventually used for passenger and freight transporting as well. Baker City was booming because of the lumber industry. This train was what kept the city alive, unlike all the nearby ghost towns that... More

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Nampa, Idaho
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

was quite enjoyable until the train had to build up enough steam to get started again (which happened twice) make sure you notice all of the piles and piles of rocks from the dredge,

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Although the park itself was closed, we were still able to walk around and look at the engines, read a bit of history and my girls enjoyed the mini playground near the parking area, which I thought was a great addition for families with younger kids.

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