November 2nd was an exciting day as #18 was once again home in Independence and under steam. Over 150 of our supporters showed up and ultimately contributed over $4200! Dozen more books were sold and Yours truly gave a short talk on the #18’s year in Durango, The day was wrapped up with an awesome tri-tip dinner and music.
Stephen Mather was on hand to take some awesome photos!
Some other highlights of the weekend included the continuation of our “Klusmire Museum Extension” switch installation. We also pulled our new boxcar #1C a time or two up and down the line.
As always , none of this would be possible without your generous donations and support! And don’t forget to get a copy of “Southern Pacific #18 Steams Anew” for a Christmas gift, they’re selling fast.
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!