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.