Southern Pacific #18 update – September 2018

Labor Day weekend brought us together to complete the smoke box repairs and get the #18 ready for operation in October. Thanks to everyone’s hard work we we’re able to get all of the repairs competed and a successful hydro performed on the #18.

In addition to having the #18 ready to steam up, boxcar #15 also received some significant work. Some of what was done included: repacking the journals with new waste, greasing the air piston, re lapping the triple valve, repairing the angle cock valves and thoroughly cleaning the interior of the car. Our goal is to be able to use the #15 during our October steam up.

As a reminder, come join us Friday October 5th for a day of operations followed by a world famous trash can tri-tip dinner.

Dinner is $15

Cab rides are a $20 donation


Southern Pacific #18 restoration – July and August 2018

Smoke box showing removed stud

The old stud

Travis with a new stud before being cut to size

Moving boxcar 15

Ready to turn #15

Turning #15

Cody and locomotive #11

Moving the boxcar into the building

The end of July brought some progress on replacement of a worn stud in the smoke box of the #18. Work went well and will be completed before our October 5th operation.

Also occurring was the shuffle to place boxcar #15 on wheels. Forklifts, tractors and jacks were all that was needed to get #15 back on track and inside








A reminder to come out to Independence on the 4th and 5th of October, THURSDAY and FRIDAY to see the #18 under steam and running over the new track. Thursdays operation will be in conjunction with the Lone Pine film festival. Currently there are not plans to have the #18 under steam on Saturday or Sunday, the 6th and 7th of October. Hope to see you soon!

Inside and ready for restoration