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Stoker
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July 29th, 2017, 7:54 pm #1

Almost a month ago now, on the third of July, an engine that had last served on the local Southern Pacific (Narrow Gauge) Railroad in 1953, and had been sitting dormant in a park in the town of Independence since 1954, ran under its own power for the first time in lo these many years. There was a "Silver Spike" ceremony held, and the engine dutifully ran back and forth on the hundred yards or so of track available to it, and a fine day was had by the many rail enthusiasts in attendance!

A volunteer group had been working on the engine for the last dozen years or so, in the park where it has sat slowly deteriorating before their amazing efforts reversed the trend. But in the last month it was moved by truck a few blocks to the grounds of the Eastern Sierra Museum, and its new permanent home, and readied for this special event.


Here it had lived in the park for sixty some years, only being covered over by the tent during the last few years of critical rebuild. But this tent is empty in this photo, as it has already been moved to its new home.



The new, but as yet incomplete "Engine House" on the Museum grounds, where she lives now.



Home sweet home ... even thought the roof isn't on as yet!





Being treated to a last drink of fuel oil before starting on the days festivities!



Having her "voice" recorded for posterity.



Backed into the engine house, ready for the Grand Entrance.





Rolling forward to the "Podium" as the star of the ceremony.





... and it's a swing and a miss by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Dave Mull, the man most responsible for making this wonderful day happen ... the prime mover behind the restoration!



Job completed at last!











The first run up to "End of Track"







... and back.


And then ... wonder of wonders ... I managed to sneak aboard for a cab ride behind the fireman!!! :twisted: :P 8) :D















WOOO WHOOOOO :choo: :choo: :choo:


Well OK ... maybe it wasn't much of a ride, but it was a truly fantastic day for those of us who have been infected with the fabulous history of this "Loneliest Narrow Gauge" the "Slim Rails Through the Sand"!!!

This was all followed by a great Bar-B-Q dinner with live music, and tales told, both tall and true, and it is a day that will long live in my feeble memory :? 8) :D
Are we having fun yet?
Yeow!
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Nick
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July 29th, 2017, 8:22 pm #2

Great report Daniel and thanks for all the pictures!!
... and it's a swing and a miss by the Master of Ceremonies
:oops:  :oops:

I think I would have practiced many times before doing this :lol:
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July 30th, 2017, 7:19 am #3

WOW  :shock: That's incredible and what wonderful pictures you have shared. Thank you Stoker - this is really great to see :)
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July 30th, 2017, 8:51 am #4

Very interesting indeed :D
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July 30th, 2017, 1:10 pm #5

very  8)
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July 30th, 2017, 6:22 pm #6

Well Daniel that is truly a amazing story that such a forlorn ole girl was saved and she sure looks good in all her finery.

Glad you got to sit up front and enjoy it  :wink:
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Jim
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August 2nd, 2017, 8:21 am #7

That's pretty impressive Daniel and I enjoyed the photos and the story.
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August 3rd, 2017, 9:10 pm #8

Neat loco and get together and cool spike hammer too. 8)
Last edited by pitchy on August 6th, 2017, 1:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Stoker
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August 6th, 2017, 5:27 am #9

Nick:1374384 wrote:Great report Daniel and thanks for all the pictures!!
... and it's a swing and a miss by the Master of Ceremonies
:oops: :oops:

I think I would have practiced many times before doing this :lol:
Actually Nick, I think he did have a fair amount of recent practice, as I'm sure he did much of the work spiking down the hundred yards or so of rail beforehand. However he didn't have a few hundred people watching him drive those spikes, so perhaps it was just a bit of "stage fright" that caused the miss?!?!
Are we having fun yet?
Yeow!
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John Besley
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August 14th, 2017, 5:19 am #10

Wow, I've read about the Southern in Classics Trains in the past, great to see No; 18 alive again, are they planning on rebuilding any more of the line?
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