SPECIAL EARLY BIRD TOUR TO SEE and RIDE - THE RESTORED "SLIM PRINCESS" in INDEPENDENCE
THURSDAY ONLY - CARAVAN TOUR LEAVES 12:30 PM FROM MUSEUM SOUTH PARKING LOT
The Festival Committee has been working with The Carson and Colorado Railway, to arrange, for early arrivals, a Thursday afternoon tour of the restored "Slim Princess’ and its new home in the recently constructed Larry Peckham Engine House at the Eastern California Museum.
The Slim Princess had quite a work history. The narrow-gauge engine, which was built in 1911, came to the Owens Valley in 1928 and was operated by Southern Pacific, which had taken over the original Carson & Colorado route from Keeler to Nevada. In later years, the route was shortened to just Keeler to Laws. The steam locomotive was replaced by a diesel electric engine in 1955.
The move to the museum grounds represents one of the final steps in the successful effort to restore the engine to fully operating condition. The non-profit Carson and Colorado group has spent the last five years working to get the locomotive running. After firing it up late last year, the group obtained all the relevant state and federal permits to operate the engine. The tour will include a presentation on the Slim Princess restoration, access to the Eastern California Museum and Engine House as well as a short ride on newly laid tenth of a mile track. Caravan will leave the museum parking lot at 12:30 PM and return approximately 3:30 PM.
READ ABOUT THE RESTORATION HEREc> http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com/stories2/slim_princess.pdf
Watch Video on Restoration: Slim Princess Restoration
The tour is a Car Caravan and access to many of the movie locations are off-road and require walking over deep sand or rough terrain. It is imperative that one wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking or trail shoes.
Travel to the movie locations is over dirt roads; in some cases moderate rough terrain. Most cars will not have a problem with access. Low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Four-wheel drive cars are best. CAR CARAVAN TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED “PER PERSON” NOT PER CAR. Persons not having a respective tour ticket will not be permitted on the tour.
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About your Tour Guide:
An interest in Trains from a young age, Dave had watched the Locomotive (Slim Princess) on display outdoors in Independence's, Dehy Park, slowly deteriorate. His interest became more when in about 1996 a gentleman came into the store with a giant grease fitting and said "I need a tool to grease this"! What in the heck is that off he asked? "The locomotive in the park!" That was the begining of a ride that ultimately brought Dave and numerous friends and associates together to pool their resources, contacts and thousands of volunteer hours into putting the Slim Princess back on track and leading to her new home at the Eastern California Museum.