Just a quick announcement. It’s official, #18 will be returning to Laws Railroad Museum in March of 2023. More details will be forthcoming but for the moment the following dates are confirmed: March 23rd and 24th will be an exclusive photo event put on by Pete Lerro. Tickets for these dates are only available through his website Lerro Productions. Additionally, #18 will be operating for the general public on March 18th and 19th in addition to March 25th and 26th. Public operations event times and admission costs will be announced in the very near future.
Be sure to come out and join us as these will be the last public operations of #18 in 2023 and potentially well into 2024 as we take a little time off for it’s FRA mandated staybolt cap inspection and to focus our workforce on other projects, like our boxcar 1C featured in previous posts.
And last but not least, we are still happy to accept those last minute, end of the year, tax deductible donations to support the restoration of the boxcar. Donations can be made right here.
2022 is almost over, and once again it has been a successful and productive year for us. Accomplishments such as the #18 returning to Nevada for the first time since 1938 when it participated in the Great Western Steam Up in Carson City, completion of our track layout at the Museum in Independence, and the start of our restoration of boxcar #1C are the key highlights of the year.
Speaking about #1C and its restoration, don’t forget that you still have time to help us by donating towards its restoration by helping to match the $10,000 grant awarded to us by the Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation. Your donation through the end of the year will go towards this match; and as always are tax deductible. Click here to donate. With fundraising underway, we recently performed some additional exploratory work on the car by removing the siding on the end. This revealed significant damage to the end sill and confirmed it will need replacement, which will begin soon after the first of the year.
Lastly, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and remember all those things we are all thankful for. We look forward to 2023 and the future beyond! As always thank you for your support!