Laws

The beautiful number 9

The beautiful number 9

number 5 "the BelleVille" - a Baldwin 4-4-0 built in 1882. One of the original C & C locomotives ... scrapped in 1932 (Forbes photo/McCutchan collection).

number 5 “the BelleVille” – a Baldwin 4-4-0 built in 1882. One of the original C & C locomotives … scrapped in 1932 (Forbes photo/McCutchan collection).


Built in 1882, this hand-operated turntable still looked good in ’54 (Bill Poole photo). Below, a modern painting from an old photo shows how the turntable was operated. Incredible! The 4 men probably weighed about 600 pounds while the engine and tender came in at almost 50,000.

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Looking south in 1940. The turntable is beyond the tank.
 Thanks to the SP’s fore site, today Laws is a beautiful museum complete with a small operating railroad that features the Death Valley Rail car #5. No trip to the Owens Valley is complete without a stop at Laws.

Laws today

Laws today

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