Southern Pacific #18 at Laws museum

#18 arriving at Laws

#18 under stormy skies

A great weekend was had by all during our first Slim Princess reunion. All went exceptionally well and the #18 ran great. While the internet is full of pictures and videos we have added a few other that show some different angles of the event.

All told the physical work of the event took one full week from loading to final unloading and we gave about 500 paying rides over about 25 trips.

With the #18 back in Independence our attention will shift to finishing our museum exhibit.

Beginning the job of switching the yard

630 AM Saturday and the #18 just had her fire lit while the sun begins to rise

Before the crowds arrive, boxcar #17 is looking like its unloading freight at the depot.

Jeff Taylor and the #18 look as if they are on their way to Owenyo. J. Kluesmire photo

#18 at work. J. Kluesmire photo

Fire in the hole. J. Kluesmire photo

#401 getting loaded up for another run. J. Kluesmire photo

Bringing two different generations together.

At the end of the day Sunday #18 is setting out the boxcar.

One final picture by the turntable.

After some arguing #9 finally moved after 50 years. Before setting the display train back together #9 and boxcar look as if they are just taking a break from switching duties.

Just like the 1950’s Travis Wheeler brings the #18 back to hook up to a cut of cars

Face to face

The crew celebrating a great event.

Monday morning the #18 and tender are ready to head home.

Tender loaded and ready

Tuesday morning the #18 is ready to get on the trailer.

Lunch in Big Pine on the trip home.


Back at home in Independence the #18 awaits its next assignment.

Southern Pacific #18 – September 2017

Just a quick update on the Laws Slim Princess reunion:


If you still want to attend you certainly can come and enjoy the festivities for the $10 grounds admission, however you will have to take your chances that we might be able to run an extra trip or two if you want to ride. Thanks to everyone who has supported this event.

The beautiful number 9