Southern Pacific Railroad No. 18

Southern Pacific Railroad No. 18

Southern Pacific Railroad No. 18 is widely know as the “Slim Princess,” referring to her long career operating on narrow gauge rails.  No. 18 is a 4-6-0 type constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1911 for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway and operated between Reno, Nevada and Lakeview, Oregon.  It later was acquired by the Southern Pacific and operated on the company’s narrow gauge lines in western Nevada and eastern California until it was retired in 1954 and donated to the City of Independence, California, where it was displayed in a city park for many decades.  The locomotive was rebuilt and restored to operation in 2017 and is based at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.