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#18 steam locomotive

Experience history at Laws Railroad Musuem April 8

Bishop Museum & Historical Society Raven Angeles –

That famous saying about “neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night” keeping couriers from appointed rounds is often credited to the Pony Express Riders of 1860-61 and sometimes mistakenly assumed to be the motto of the U.S. Postal Service. It is neither, but it may well be the new motto of Inyo County’s local railroad workers. Every potential barrier to success was thrown at the Laws RR Museum’s volunteer train crew and the Carson and Colorado Railway’s volunteer train crew. Railfans nationwide have been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to ride the original Carson and Colorado narrow gauge rails at Laws Museum, behind the restored #18 steam locomotive March 18-19 and 25-26 to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the first train’s arrival at Laws Station.

Despite the proverbial “rain and snow and gloom” — in this case of road closures and flash floods accompanied by mechanical problems and detours—both teams persevered. Last week, the visitors to Laws RR Museum saw the #18 transferred from the heavy hauler track to temporary track and then onto her home track: the remaining 3000 feet of the original 300+ mile narrow gauge that once ran from Mound House, Nevada, to Keeler, California. Those who missed the boat (or rather the train) last weekend have another chance this weekend, March 25-26, to experience the profound connection to history that riding the historic 401 cabooses behind the Historic Baldwin engine brings. Don’t miss this opportunity! By the way, the original quote about persevering against obstacles is from Herodotus, 2500 years ago.

And if you missed the Laws Women History Day celebration of Women in 19th-century and early 20th-century mining, well, we all did. The closure of Hwy 6 forced the postponement of the event to April 8th, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Our history docents look forward to telling you about women’s contribution to western mining history. The first 49 visitors to collect autographs from six of our twelve docents will receive a bag of polished rocks from our gift shop.