Southern Pacific #18 update – January 2019

Amidst single digit temperatures and falling snow – two feet worth – New Years day in Durango found the #18 under steam for the third of three days of movie filming taking place in the Durango yard. Rumor has it The Orphan train movie will air on Netflix sometime in 2019.

Looking ahead to 2019 we are excited to announce that the #18 will participate in the Durango and Silverton RR winter photo train, along with Galloping Goose #5, on February 16thn and 18th. Exact details for the February trips can be found on the Durango and Silverton website. There will also be regular Cascade Canyon trips on March 6th and April 9th that will be available for sale in the near future.

As always your ongoing donations and support are greatly appreciated, so thank you and we look forward to an exciting 2019!

Southern Pacific #18 restoration – July and August 2018

Smoke box showing removed stud

The old stud

Travis with a new stud before being cut to size

Moving boxcar 15

Ready to turn #15

Turning #15

Cody and locomotive #11

Moving the boxcar into the building

The end of July brought some progress on replacement of a worn stud in the smoke box of the #18. Work went well and will be completed before our October 5th operation.

Also occurring was the shuffle to place boxcar #15 on wheels. Forklifts, tractors and jacks were all that was needed to get #15 back on track and inside








A reminder to come out to Independence on the 4th and 5th of October, THURSDAY and FRIDAY to see the #18 under steam and running over the new track. Thursdays operation will be in conjunction with the Lone Pine film festival. Currently there are not plans to have the #18 under steam on Saturday or Sunday, the 6th and 7th of October. Hope to see you soon!

Inside and ready for restoration