Southern Pacific #18 update – May & June 2017

Late May showed a finished west wall.

We are getting close to our Silver Spike Celebration on July 3rd. Dinner tickets can be purchased here and you can RSVP here. Since our last update things have moved fast. Some of the work has included the west wall being erected, doors on the building, the tender being painted and most importantly after 62 years in Dehy Park, on June 9th, #18 moved into its new home! There is still work to be done, including the

Then it was time for some windows.

building roof, more track, and utilities but we are getting there.

Also as a reminder September 22-24th the #18 will be at Laws Railroad Museum. Tickets are available here.



Finally the doors. Notice the soot on the right door from when #18 was fired up in the park.

June 3rd the tender was moved inside.

After 62 years #18 is loaded and almost ready to say goodbye to the park.

Arriving at the museum.

#18 waiting to be moved off of temporary track.

The obligatory crew shot.

Some R&R in our new building. The “Pizza Man” brought his wood oven over for dinner.

Southern Pacific #18 Update – April – May 2017

The July 3rd “Silver Spike Ceremony” is set for 12 noon and will include the #18 at the Eastern California Museum under steam followed by live music at 4pm and dinner at 5pm. The dedication ceremony is free and dinner is a $15 per person donation payable at the door or in advance here. If you are planning to have dinner with us and pay at the door please RSVP by clicking here. Your RSVP will help us know how many of the famous “trash can tri-tips” to serve up. 

Even though the #18 wont be going very far with only a small amount of track in place by the 3rd, this will be the day to get up close and personal with the engine. Please come support us!  And don’t forget to stay in town and watch the famous Independence day parade on the 4th. Just about ever vehicle in town that can move on its own (and a few that can’t) will be in the parade! Here is the latest promo video to share with your friends and family.

Meanwhile work on the building continues as all the structural steel and braces are in place. After the inspection siding can begin to go on along with the doors.


Morning clouds over the museum.

Hard at work


Dave Mull and crew relax after another day of buiding.