Southern Pacific #18 – Durango update February 2019

Our #18 braved near blizzard weather on February 16th and 18th for the D&SNG annual winter photo weekend. The heavy snows prevented the train from getting to Cascade Canyon as scheduled. Despite the shorter trips it was still enjoyed by all. Check out this great pacing video of #18. The next scheduled trips for #18 are March 5th and April 9th. Tickets are on sale now!

In an interesting coincidence it was February 16th, 1938 that the #18 led the last narrow gauge train out of Mina, NV. Who would have imagined that #18 would be pulling a revenue train 81 years to the day later!

Feb. 16, 1938. Last train from Mina. (M. H. Ferrell Coll.)
Feb. 16, 1938. Last train from Mina. (M. H. Ferrell Coll.)

Southern Pacific #18 – February 2019

January 23rd was the #18’s first trip to Cascade Canyon, a 50 mile round trip. The locomotive performed great. Dave Mull took a few short clips showing the locomotive pulling onto the turntable, the train working upgrade and pulling through the yard in the evening. Keep an eye out to see the #18 out and about more often in the coming weeks hauling work trains and training crews! And be sure to get your tickets at the Durango and Silverton website for the upcoming trips.