Southern Pacific #18 update – February 2018

An unseasonally pleasant last weekend in January allowed work to progress on the engine house lead. Grading, switch installation, track laying and rail installation all took place. Next time around we will complete the switch, spike everything and ballast and tamp.

In addition to the track work, the #18’s washout plugs were reinstalled and the loose firing valve was disassembled and repaired. Also accomplished was the painting and lettering of boxcar #13. This car will soon head north to Laws in exchange for one of their cars from their “boxcar village”. Lastly the Clamper plaque that had been in Dehy park was moved to the museum building.

Our next work weekend will likely see the FRA annual completed and a boxcar moved into the Dehy park site.

As always thanks for your support!

Southern Pacific #18 update – January 2018

A Kearsarge sunset on Christmas Eve.

Its was a quiet December in Independence with nothing really happening on the railroad. Later in January we will have the #18 ready for the FRA hydro, we should also hopefully have a couple operating days finalized by then. In the meantime here is a short clip from Ed Fleming with the highlights from 2017.