#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.