Sumpter Valley Stump Dodger Line
Sumpter Valley Railroad’s Mikado #19 pulls the stump dodger train.
The Sumpter Valley Railroad in eastern Oregon was originally nicknamed the “stump dodger line”. The reason for the nickname is that the Sumpter Valley Railroad had so many twists and curves, it seemed to the builders they were always dodging tree stumps!
Built back in 1890 to serve the logging industry, the 3 foot narrow gauge line is now a heritage operation with an original Heisler-type wood burning steam locomotive #3 and the 1920 ALCO built #19 Mikado 2-8-2 Locomotive.
The line currently is about 5 miles long and provides some of the best scenery between Sumpter and McEwen, Oregon.
Let us know if you have ever had the chance to take a ride on this magnificent heritage railroad! We would love to hear about your experience!