More Narrow Gauge for Barry + video added!

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  1. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Supporting Member

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    That weekend at Laws, CA in Sept, 2017 was monumental (for train guys that is). Here are some images of Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge ten wheeler #18, running under it's own steam power for the first time in over 64 years. A fabulous family reunion when it was hooked up to it's cars and moved people around the yard.

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    For some live action, see:
     
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  2. Ben Egbert

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    Very nice set and incredible that they fired it up after such a long time. I wonder what. Had to be done?
     
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    Amazing they had kept it in good enough shape that they could fire it up again. Not a trivial task. Thanks for sharing these shot.
     
  4. Jeffrey

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    Ben and Alan, when #18 was retired and donated by the Southern Pacific Railroad to the County of Inyo in the mid fifties, it was in operable condition. A non-profit organization called the Carson & Colorado Railway was formed to completely disassemble the engine and return it to operation. That process took over ten years. It lives in a new engine house built on the property of the Eastern California Museum in Independence, CA. It was trucked to Laws for this event.
     
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    They brought it in on a truck? Can you imagine driving a semi with that as your load? Wow. The logistics of that are almost mind boggling.

    Neat stuff :)
     
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    Remember, it's only a little narrow gauge engine. Yeah, they are all big, but this is not a large one.
     
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    Congrats on the Daily Featured Post Jeffrey!
     
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    Thanks, Jim. I didn't expect this as it was just a followup to Barry's idea to get into trains. But, yeah,I got into them bigtime. I look forward to buying you a beer soon!
     
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    Very cool and the images are nicely done.
     
  10. BarryHamilton

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    Really cool stuff, Jeffrey! Neat pics and video and I especially like the 2nd. A piece of art!
     
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    I followed the Carson & Colorado restoration project on Facebook and their website for the last few years it took to get the engine operational. It was quite a project! They had to disassemble quite a bit of it, they took some significant parts (the wheel assembly I think?) up to Durango, CO to have refurbished.
     
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    Thanks, JM. You're correct. The Durango & Silverton shops have helped with parts for many restorations. It's great
    camaraderie.
     

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