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Southern Pacific 18 Excursions to Cascade Canyon

Southern Pacific 18 Excursions to Cascade Canyon

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! 

Dates Available:  March 5
                                April 9

Depart Durango 9:45AM
Arrive Durango  2:45PM

Coach Fares: 
Adult:   $89*
Child:  $55*
*plus 7% historic preservation fee

Please note that there will be no concession car on this train.  Passengers are encouraged to bring their own food and drink. 

About Locomotive SP-18:

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. 

About the restoration of SP-18

The Carson and Colorado RY 501c3, named after the railroad that constructed the Keeler branch in 1881, was formed in 1998 with the intent to preserve #18.  After several years of inactivity, restoration began in 2010 by a dedicated volunteer base from a number of tourist railroads including five regular volunteers from the D&SNGRR. The locomotive restoration included everything from the boiler and tender to the wheels and everything in between.  In 2016, after 10,000 hours of volunteer labor, most of the work was completed and SP-18 was moved three blocks from Dehy Park to Eastern California Museum, where it was placed in a custom built engine house.  The total cost of this historic engine restoration was around $170,000. 

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