The Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration Archives Connecting To Community

  • J.B. "Bret" Bane Sumter Valley Railroad Restoration, Inc.
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Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration Inc. (SVRR) was formed as a non-profit corporation owned by its members in 1971. The purpose for the formation of SVRR as stated in its articles of incorporation are as follows: “(1) To acquire, collect, restore, preserve and maintain for historical and educational purposes a portion of the Sumpter Valley Railway Company right of way, railroad equipment, machinery and track, as a historical site situate in Baker and Grant Counties, Oregon,” and (2) To stimulate interest in the discovery, procurement and preservation of whatever may relate to the history of communities and the mining, logging railroading and sawmilling industries in Baker and Grant Counties, Oregon.”


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Author Biography

J.B. "Bret" Bane, Sumter Valley Railroad Restoration, Inc.

J.B. “Bret” Bane graduated from Oregon College of Education at Monmouth, Oregon with an Associate of Arts degree in 1981. Bret met his wife-to-be Jane while attending college. They married in 1982 and returned to his hometown of Enterprise, Oregon, where they worked in his family’s electrical contracting business. Bret joined Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration in 1998, which is a non-profit group most noted for running the steam railroad, near Baker City, Oregon. Throughout the years he has researched and contributed historical materials to the organization. This led to his appointment as SVRR’s archivist in 2013. Now in semi-retirement, he looks forward to having more time to devote to the archives.

How to Cite
Bane, J. "Bret". (2020). The Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration Archives Connecting To Community. OLA Quarterly, 26(1), 17-20.