Southern Pacific #18 update – March 2018


Late February had the long anticipated boxcar swap take place. The CRRW and Laws had discussed for some time swapping a fixed up boxcar #13 for one of the cars in the Laws boxcar village. This trade benefited both groups in that Laws received a freshly painted car with a metal roof that would look good and be better storage while the CCRW received a car, #15, that was complete with couplers, brakes and truss rods that would be easier and more cost effective to restore to operation for use in Independence.

Thanks to Dave, TL, Cody and all the Laws folks for making it happen. Now we can get to work restoring #15.

Upcoming in March will be the FRA visit for the #18’s annual. We will also continue our track laying and hope to move boxcar #6 into Dehy Park.

Finally, we are finalizing a few dates in 2018 to operate the #18. Most likely August and October, Final dates will be announced soon. Thanks as always for everyone who helps out!

Southern Pacific #18 update – January 2018

A Kearsarge sunset on Christmas Eve.

Its was a quiet December in Independence with nothing really happening on the railroad. Later in January we will have the #18 ready for the FRA hydro, we should also hopefully have a couple operating days finalized by then. In the meantime here is a short clip from Ed Fleming with the highlights from 2017.