Southern Pacific #18 – June-July 2023

After getting #18 back to Independence in April we took a little break from things prior to getting into the staybolt cap inspection. When #18 was trucked back we took the opportunity to move it to the south shop track and moved boxcar #1C to the north track along with the tender. This arrangement will make things much easier to work on for both the locomotive and boxcar.

A great group of folks turned out the first weekend in June for work and were able to strip down the cab to a point that will allow the cap inspection to commence.

In addition to the locomotive work, we have also taken delivery of all the siding and roof materials for the boxcar. Having that material puts about ninety percent of what we need to finish the car on hand.

And lastly, our old Model T truck, from the Natural Soda Products in Keeler is once again up and running thanks to the boys from the Orange County Model T club. We have a few things to still finish, like putting the bed back on, but its about done. The plan is to keep its historic patina and use it in the Fourth of July parade. More on that in the next post.

As always, thanks for the support!

Southern Pacific #18 – April 2023

The weather wasn’t ideal the first weekend, and the second weekend was cold and beautiful, and all together it made for a great variety of conditions and photos. Hundreds of happy folks came to visit, photo and ride #18. Below are some great photos from Max Laue, thanks Max for sharing!

One of the highlights was moving #9 around the yard. It was by far the longest journey the locomotive had taken since 1960. Seeing the #9 and #18 nose to nose was a fun sight. Late on the final Sunday afternoon, #18 took sister #9 on a couple full trips up and back while #9 received ample lubrication. #9 will spend some time near the turntable while the track that has long held the display train is replaced.

To sum it up, it was a fun event that took a lot of work to pull off. A HUGE special thanks needs to go out to all the volunteers from both organizations who worked to pull it all off efficiently and safely! Thank You! Now hopefully Laws can get that extra bit of track finished up for the next time #18 visits.