Southern Pacific #18 update – June 2018

As is often the case with the CCRW, work weekends in the summer months are usually few and far between. One recent work day had boxcar #6 move to its new display site in Dehy Park. After literally dozens of boxcar moves over the past decades the CCRW has gotten very good at moving these cars, this one taking only half a day to accomplish. With #6 now at its final location it can be lettered and the remainder of the display can be set up around it.

Looking ahead to other upcoming projects, our restoration boxcar #15 will be placed on trucks and moved inside the engine house for future work, track and museum site work will be ongoing, and finally work on buttoning up the smokebox and some other odds and ends on the #18 will be on the docket in the near future as well in preparation for our October 5-6th operations. Make your plans now to join us! As always, thank you for your continued support!

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!