Southern Pacific #18 Announcement – April 2017

In addition to our July 3rd Silver Spike ceremony in Independence, its now official! For the first time in 63 years engine #18 will be visiting Laws! That’s right #18 will be operating September 22-24, 2017 at the Laws Railroad museum. We will have tickets up for sale right here in the coming weeks! Here is the official press release in addition to some photos of the recent work in both Independence and our special work day at Laws.

The Carson and Colorado Railway and Laws Railroad Museum are excited to announce the return of Southern Pacific engine #18 to the only remaining SP narrow gauge track for the “Slim Princess Reunion” September 22-24, 2017 at the Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop, CA. For the first time in 63 years, Engine #18, a 1911 Baldwin steam locomotive that is permanently housed in Independence, CA and which has recently been returned to operation, will operate numerous trips over track it once called home.
Passengers will have the opportunity to ride behind engine #18 in the Espees iconic “crummy” #401. The weekend operations will also include Death Valley RR Brill Car #5. In addition to the regular operations, an exclusive night photo shoot will be held on September 22 that will include multiple photo opportunities, including side by side photos with sister engine SP #9. Due to the limited number of rides, tickets will be available for advance sale. Exact pricing, times, tickets and much more information for the Slim Princess Reunion will soon be available.

The first 60 feet of track out of the building is going into place. The building assembly will continue in the coming weeks.

Carson Colorado caboose #1 is set off to the side at Laws.

Bob works on a triple valve off of #401. Both cars received full brake system inspections, servicing and repairs.

Cars #17 and #401 take their first trip since April 25, 1960

Old Smokey the diesel moves the cars through the Laws yard after the brake systems and trucks were fully serviced. All the journal brasses and old packing waste was removed from both cars and new journal pads installed.

Southern Pacific #18 Museum Building – March 2017

Roadbed work underway before the rails are put in place

Our tiny pit. After being in a park for the past decade this little hole will seem massive!

The weather has finally turned in our favor and progress is underway on the engine house. The track was permanently installed in the concrete complete with a small pit and then the building began to go up! If all goes accordingly the building should be complete sometime in April. We are well on the way to moving the #18 into its new house!

Just a reminder that the official building dedication and first run of the #18 at the Eastern California Museum will be on July 3rd.

Also be sure to check out the new Carson and Colorado film at the Eastern California Museum. If you haven’t been to the museum lately you owe it to yourself to stop by.

Another winter storm is moving in as the finished track is in place.

The first building post go up.

Framing is coming along.

The frame of our new engine house set against the snowy Sierra’s.