SVRy. Engine # 9 at Prairie City.

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Collection Hawley, Brooks
Description SVRy. Engine # 9 at Prairie City.

Brooks Hawley note: The Sumpter Valley Railway went over three mountains between Sumpter and Prairie City, the tops being Larch, Tipton, and Dixie.

Following figures are Miles (w/ & w/o Sumpter)--Elevation--Maximum Grade (from preceding station):

Baker 0--349
Sumpter 29/29--4415--1.53
S Wye (near Sumpter Smelter) 32.7--4400--1.53
Larch 34.5--5094--4.08
Whitney 43--4150--3.40
Tipton 50.7--5107--3.14
Austin 58.9--4074--3.10
Dixie ?--5200--?
Prairie City 80--3530--?

Railroad construction reached McEwen in 1892; Sumpter 1896; Whitney 1901; Austin 1905; Prairie City June 13, 1910.
The section from Austin to Prairie City was quit in 1932 or 1933.
The last passenger train was July 31, 1937.
The last freight train was June 12, 1947, being a special with No. 251with 4 flats and caboose No. 5 to take a drag line log loader to Bates.
In July 1947 70 flat cars were sent to La Ceiba, Honduras.
In Sept. 1947 box cars 1600 to 1604 were sent to La Ceiba, Honduras.
Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 50 were sold for $22,400 to Dulien Steel Products Co. for delivery to the government of Peru.
Object ID 1992.1.726
Place Prairie City
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