After a brief reopening, both the Eastern California Museum and Laws Railroad Museum are again closed due to California State Covid regulations. Since both museums receive a big part of their income through sales from their respective gift shops be sure to call or email them and pick up a book, puzzle, t-shirt or some other fun gift to support them; the ECM has some great SP #18 t-shirts. Also, if you don’t already have one, be sure to grab your copy of Southern Pacific #18 Steams Anew. Both the ECM and Laws have them for sale, and there aren’t too many copies remaining so don’t wait any longer, it will be the best $20 you have spent in a while!
As for happenings with #18, well not much has be going on. Our plan however is that we can continue our track work, social distance style, in the coming months once the weather cools down and we are able to work. Think cool thoughts and stay tuned!
Just like everyone else in California and the World we are in a bit of a holding pattern both as to when we can have our next work weekend, and when and if we are going to steam up #18 in 2020. With a lack of current event news to report we will take another quick look back….
As the picture below shows, its been three years ago this month that #18 left the confines of Dehy Park for the first time since its placement there in 1955. With it being the first time we had moved the locomotive we all learned a lot – and tested our collective patience. Despite the struggles of the day all went safely. Since then we have refined our equipment, knowledge, and the museum site to the point that its become second nature to move #18.
As always, stay well, and don’t forget to support the Eastern California Museum and the Carson Colorado if you are able to!