Southern Pacific #18 update – January 2019

Amidst single digit temperatures and falling snow – two feet worth – New Years day in Durango found the #18 under steam for the third of three days of movie filming taking place in the Durango yard. Rumor has it The Orphan train movie will air on Netflix sometime in 2019.

Looking ahead to 2019 we are excited to announce that the #18 will participate in the Durango and Silverton RR winter photo train, along with Galloping Goose #5, on February 16th and 18th. Exact details for the February trips can be found on the Durango and Silverton website. There will also be regular Cascade Canyon trips on March 6th and April 9th that will be available for sale in the near future.

As always your ongoing donations and support are greatly appreciated, so thank you and we look forward to an exciting 2019!

Southern Pacific #18 – November 2018

The 18 and 481 outside the Durango roundhouse

The 481 being prepped to pull the first Polar Express train along side the 18

Arriving at Home Ranch siding

Switching cars at Home Ranch












After arriving in Durango the first week of November, the #18 was reunited with its tender and a few minor repairs were made. Its first steam day came on November 15th and was within the confines of the Durango Yard. On Thanksgiving eve, November 21st, the #18 took its first trip out on the line to Home Ranch siding. The round trip was about 14 miles in length and it was the first time in 65 years the #18 was truly up to speed at 20 mph. At Home Ranch the #18 picked up a caboose, turned around and headed back to Durango where it performed the evening switching duties and even pinch hit for the Polar Express grand entrance.

Sanding flues with 9 cars in tow.


#18 at Home Ranch siding

Missionary ridge in the background at Home Ranch siding.