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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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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3 helpful votes 3 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
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3 attraction reviews
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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
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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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Port Orchard, Washington
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Took the kids and had a great time learning a bit of history and going to the Sumpter dredge. There is a small souvenir shop in the Sumpter depot and food in town. Military discount.

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Walla Walla, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

It's a six mile trip from the station at McEwen to the town of Sumpter. The old steam engine is fantastic!! One of the cars has been fully restored to it's original splendor and it's beautiful. The attraction is run by volunteers who have great passion for the railway and it's history and they are happy to share it with... More

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Glendora, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Only runs on the weekend but if you are a train buff, they love this line and will give you all kinds of information and show you around...you just have to happen on to one of the volunteers.

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