Exciting news from Independence is the Eastern California Museum is once again open for visitors. The ECM is open from 10-4 daily; visitors will be required to follow all state guidelines including wearing a mask and social distancing.
In addition to the ECM reopening, the Laws Railroad Museum is also open; and be sure to check out their new gift shop! And speaking of gift shops, don’t forget 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 if you haven’t picked it up yet, 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 in the coming months once the weather cools down. 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!