Vernonia South Park and Sunset Steam RR crossing the Tophill or Horseshoe Trestle

Title

Vernonia South Park and Sunset Steam RR crossing the Tophill or Horseshoe Trestle

Description

Black and white image of a steam train going across a trestle, most likely the Tophill or Horseshoe trestle near Vernonia. The Vernonia, South Park and Sunset Steam Railroad was a nonprofit venture that ran a tourist and excursion train from Banks to Vernonia in the last half of the 1960s. The engine, #105, was originally used to move lumber from mills in Vernonia and Manning in the early 1900s. The cars, purchased by donation and refurbished by volunteer labor, were from the original Oregon Electric Railway that ran from Forest Grove into Portland and then down to Eugene. In operation from 1965 to 1969, the V. S. P. and folded and the railcars were sold to South Dakota where they still operate as part of an 1880s tourist train. The rail line itself was the first of Oregon's 'Rails to Trails' parks to be completed, and is now the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. See WCM_012936, WCMpic_012939, and WCMpic_012940 for more images of this train.

Date Created

circa 1964-1969

Medium

photographic prints

Identifier

WCMpic_012932

Rights

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Collection