Southern Pacific #18 Update – July 2013

Not too much happened in July on the #18. For the first time in quite some time we took a month off from work. Although we didn’t work on-site, we weren’t entirely idle. Some of the small stuff we did included: Rebuilding the final couple of brake valves; Making a new boiler check valve stem; And the cab is officially done except for the windows. It made its debut in the Independence 4th of July parade on a trailer being pulled by a 1926 Dodge!

Also, we have been diligently at work on finalizing the plans for an engine house and some trackage. We will be meeting with Inyo County officials in late August to put the finishing touches on the plans and once we have all the approvals – hopefully that’s not to far off – we will let everyone know what the plans are.

As we get into the fall and winter we will be back at it in full force with work parties in late August and September and our annual BBQ fundraiser/work party on October 26th, so come on by and see what’s going on.

Bridge crossing just north of the station (R. F. Thomas)

Bridge crossing just north of the station (R. F. Thomas)