Southern Pacific #18 – October 2019

Before we get into all that has happened in the past few weeks lets start with a reminder that #18’s Welcome Home party is scheduled for November 2nd. Food, music, a presentation of the year in Durango and of course #18 will all be happening, RSVP’ing on the ECM Facebook page is greatly appreciated.

Now as for the happenings of the Carson and Colorado trucking company. Thanks to Rosser trucking we performed three separate moves in three states over three weeks! First was the tender which departed Durango on the 4th of October. On the 10th, #18 departed Durango, while at the same time the tender was being unloaded in Independence. On the 13th, #18 was unloaded in Independence. Lastly, our new boxcar, #354 was loaded on the 16th in Northern Idaho and was unloaded in Independence on the 18th. An enormous amount of credit goes to Brandon Rosser and Rosser trucking and all the guys in Independence for setting up the ramps and rails to make it all happen. THANK YOU ALL!

Southern Pacific #18 – October 2018









The #18 was under steam five days between the 28th of September and the 5th of October. Things performed very well overall on the locomotive with only a fussy injector to keep us thoroughly annoyed. Striking weather made for some great photos as a Sierra storm moved through the area.

A big thank you to everyone who took time to come out and support the #18, approximately $7000 was raised on the 4th and 5th!

And yes its true, the #18 will be going to the Durango and Silverton Railroad this winter and spring for limited operations on the D&SNG and to provide a platform for the D&SNG crews to work on an oil burning locomotive. We look forward to working with the D&SNG on this endeavor. There will be multiple opportunities to see the #18 in action while in Durango, some of which will be announced in the near future.

The next generation of caretakers for the #18.

Marty Westland at the throttle.

Jeff Taylor, AKA “Ketchup”

Marty and Patrick fill the tender.