SP #18 Rebuild & Restoration

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Loco112
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SP #18 Rebuild & Restoration

Post by Loco112 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:49 pm

Is anyone here taking part in, or keeping up with, the rebuild & restoration of the SP #18 (3' gauge, 4-6-0, Baldwin,built 1911, CN# 37395) that is taking place in Independence, CA.?

Here is the "Carson & Colorado" group that is undertaking the #18's restoration: http://www.carsoncolorado.com/

And a photo: http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/sp18.jpg

I'm wondering if they found more than just the Baldwin erecting drawing and the sales specification sheets for this project.
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Re: SP #18 Rebuild & Restoration

Post by Randy » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:43 pm

To answer your question, no.
As you mentioned we do have the Baldwin builders card and folio drawings, but nothing else. The most we have found is through the restoration process. As is normally the case, the bulk of the renewable components all date to the SP era. For example, both main rods are stamped and dated "sparks 28", which means they were new. As was often the case, split bushing were thankfully going out of vouge at that time which resulted in new rods being manufactured. Most of the tender, pony truck, dtrivers and running gear components all are from the Bakersfield rebuilding days although one tender truck was stamped LA48 everywhere. Most of the frame components and parts of the cylinder saddle all have the original Baldwin markings.

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Re: SP #18 Rebuild & Restoration

Post by Brian Norden » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:41 pm

1928 would be the time that the locomotive moved from the N-C-O to the operation out of Mina.

Information I have is that the SP controlled N-C-O leased the locomotive to the SP controlled Central Pacific (for the Mina Branch operation) as of May 11, 1928. At the same time the number was changed from 12 to 18 to avoid a conflict with an existing SP (CP) narrow gauge locomotive.

There is a notation that the locomotive was restored to the active roster in September 1929.
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