Southern Pacific #18 – March and April 2022

We are excited to be working with the good folks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City to bring #18 up for a visit. The Great Western Steam Roundup will be held July 1st thru 4th in Carson City. More information can be found here:

This is shaping up to be the first time #18 has been in the state of Nevada since it headed the final narrow gauge train out of Mina, NV in February 1938. Check back in the coming months for more updates on this historic trip.

Feb. 16, 1938. Last train from Mina. (M. H. Ferrell Coll.)
Feb. 16, 1938. Last train from Mina. (M. H. Ferrell Coll.)

Southern Pacific #18 update – February 2022

What a busy weekend in Independence! A larger than average group got together and made huge strides with the track and locomotive.

On Saturday, track work was primarily focused on the switch assembly for the Klusmire extension. Gauging, bending, and adjusting points and finally it was functional. Still to come before its entirely completed are some brand new 14 foot switch ties to handle the switch stand and a guard rail.

Saturday’s locomotive work consisted of a heroic effort by Scott and one of our newest Volunteers, Marco, in installing the new delivery pipe sealing donut and the new nozzle. Not a job for the faint of heart. Outside the smokebox, other locomotive work included installing the new dynamo, extensive firing handle and valve work, and reinstalling the 3/4 knuckle and pocket.

If that’s not enough, we got our Ford tractor back up and running, and repaired a long standing leak in the water line for the museum.

Sunday was another productive day and focus was mainly on the track to the museum. Everyone got rolling and we were able to get the track sections connected up, the crossing filled in, and about one-third of the spikes driven. A ceremonial first run was taken by switcher #11 to wrap up the day. A bit more ballast, and some more spikes and our track will be effectively completed.

A HUGE thanks to everyone that attended, we look forward to it!