Southern Pacific #18 – September and October 2022

A picture perfect mid-September weekend saw a minor milestone occur in Independence. After years of talk, planning, and working we effectively completed the track at the Eastern California Museum! While its not impossible to conceive a small amount of additional track in the future, for now, things are done.

Our friends from the N-C-O group in Alturas, CA were in town and helped out as well. All in all the track gang spike and ballasted about 120 feet of track and installed four 14 foot switch ties at our two switches. To wrap it up, boxcar #15 made the trip to the end of track and was placed on display next to the museum building.

While the track crew was at work, the locomotive was being put back together from its visit to Carson City. The crew was also able to take care of a few repairs as well. #18 is ready for its next call to service.

And lastly, we are working towards being able to start the restoration of our boxcar #1C in 2023, stay tuned for opportunities that you can help us and donate towards its restoration! And as always, THANK YOU, for your support!

Southern Pacific #18 – July and August 2022

What an amazing Fourth of July weekend in Carson City at the Great Western Steam up. #18 spent two weeks away from home on its Nevada vacation with its journey taking it over Montgomery Pass and through Mina for the first time since 1938. Unfortunately, due to the time of day, and the crew going to Laws to load #401, no one apparently got photos of it in route.

At the museum, the #18 and #401 were the workhorses of the narrow gauge equipment and pulled a good number of the 7500 attendees. A great time was had by all of our volunteers and supporters that attended.

Looking ahead, we hope to conduct a few work parties this fall and look forward to operating #18 a few more times over the coming months. More on that soon!