In the early 1880's, the Carson and Colorado Railroad operated narrow gauge steam-powered Baldwin locomotives in Western Nevada and Eastern California. The Carson and Colorado line was absorbed into the Southern Pacific system in 1900. This narrow gauge branch line remained exclusively steam powered until 1955. SP Narrow Gauge Engine #18, a 1911 Baldwin 4-6-0, has been on static display in Independence since her 1955 retirement date.
In 1960, the last of the Carson and Colorado rails were removed and Southern Pacific’s Keeler Branch was disbanded in California's Owens Valley. Now, a volunteer team of railroad restoration experts, affiliated with the Eastern California Museum, is bringing life back to the "Slim Princess” locomotive. I shot and edited this video in an effort to tell the story of this beloved locomotive, which is on display along US Highway-395.
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