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Southern Pacific 18 Excursion to Cascade Canyon

April 9 @ 9:45 am - 2:45 pm

Event Description

Join us for a rare opportunity to ride on this historic oil-burning locomotive that is on loan from Eastern California Museum for a limited time. This locomotive has not run on any significant track since 1954 and has not previously run east of Nevada!

Southern Pacific #18 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in December 1911 (build #37395 possessing a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement). It was originally built as an oil-burning locomotive and weighs in at 46 tons.

SP-18 was commissioned by the Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad (NCO) and originally operated between Reno, Nevada and Lakeview, Oregon as their locomotive #12. In 1928 it was transferred to the Southern Pacific Keeler branch which operated between Keeler, CA and Miner, Nevada as the renumbered #18 engine. It ran until 1954, at which time it along with 2 sister engines were replaced by a narrow-gauge diesel engine. No. 18 was officially retired in October 1954 and it was moved to Dehy Park in Independence California, the seat of Inyo County, where it remained for the next 63 years.


Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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