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slim rails

Carson & Colorado
Narrow Gauge
Railroad
 


All material courtesy of Rich McCutchan unless otherwise noted.
See USE NOTICE on Home Page.
train and tower

Detailed Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Route
By Andrew Brandon


slim princess
Slim Princess Engine No. 18 with her ancient combine - 1949

slim princess
SP No. 9 heads north from Keeler in the early morning light.
1948 near Dolomite Siding.

slim princess
SP No. 9 by Alico Siding in 1953

slim princess
SP No. 18 heads across Owens Valley in 1952. An extra passenger car to the consist to accommodate visiting railfans.

owenyo hotel
Owenyo Hotel and depot - 1939

cargo transfer
Livestock transfer station at Keeler.

cargo transfer
Transferring bags of gypsum at Keeler.

switching cars at keeler
Slim Princess No. 9 switches a string of cars at Keeler.



employee train
Special American Potash & Chemical Corporation employees' train on the "Jawbone" line at Cantil, CA in 1952


S&P No. 605
Freight train at Wabuska, NV on the Carson & Colorado grade.

slim princess
Slim Princess No. 18 at Owenyo

slim princess
Engine No. 18 prepares for a desert run - 1953

returning from zurich
Returning from Zurich station with loads of soapstone.
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switching at zurich
Engine No. 18 switching at Zurich - 1952
getting ready to head to laws
Engine No. 9 getting ready to head out to Laws.

heading home to keeler
Engine No. 9 heading home to Keeler in a night time run.



desert run
Engine No. 18 making a desert run - 1951



smokin' up the desert
Engine No. 18 smokes up the Owens Valley desert.

kearsarge depot
Kearsarge Depot - 1953

pausing for a drink
Engine No. 18 pausing for a drink at Kearsarge water tank 1952

paused between zurich and kearsarge
Extra No. 9 paused between Zurich and Kearsarge - 1956

heading north out of Owenyo
Engine No. 9 heading north out of Owenyo Station.



stopped at aberdeen
Ten-wheeler No. 18 making a stop at Aberdeen

crossing the owens river
Engine No. 18 crossing the Owens River above Aberdeen - 1952

crossing the owens river
Engine No. 18 crossing the Owens River above Aberdeen - 1954
paused at zurich
Engine No. 18 paused at Zurich siding.


heading across the desert near Laws

Engine No. 18 heading across the desert near Laws - 1949

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backing towards Laws
No. 18 backs her train northbound past Tinemaha Reservoir in 1953. The Owenyo turntable had been removed in 1948 requiring engines to back all the ways to Laws to turn the engine around on the gallows located there.

backing towards laws
No. 18 backs her train northbound past Tinemaha Reservoir in 1953. The Owenyo turntable had been removed in 1948 requiring engines to back all the ways to Laws to turn the engine around on the gallows located there.

arriving in laws
Southern Pacific's No. 18 arrives in Laws with a train of ancient wooden cars.

laws station
No. 18 switches in the grass covered rails north of Laws, CA - 1952

laws railroad yard
Laws, CA Carson & Colorado Railroad yard - 1939

laws gallows
Turning No. 18 on the gallows at Laws

gallows rollers
Detail of the rollers on the gallows.

laws depot
Laws railroad depot, Laws, CA -1948



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engine no 18 at laws
Baldwin 4-6-0 No. 18 switching in the Laws yards

switching in the laws yard
No. 18 switching in the Laws yards - 1953
leaving laws
Slim Princess consist prepares to leave the Laws yard - 1952
taking on water
S&P No. 18 takes on water at Laws - 1949

getting ready to head to keeler
The crew checks over S&P No. 18 before heading to Keeler.

leaving laws
Engine No. 8 ready to leave Laws - winter 1953

south of laws
Engine No. 18 just south of Laws.

bound for keeler
No. 18 leaving laws bound for Keeler - 1949

south of monola bound for keeler
No. 18 a few miles south of Monola bound for Keeler - 1949




combine caboose photo
Keeler bound train photographed from the combine-caboose.

south of laws
No. 18 smoking up the skiessouth of Laws, CA

giving fans a ride
Railway fans on the Slim Princess in 1948



giveing railway fans a ride
Railway fans on the Slim Princess in 1948



north of owenyo
No. 18 north of Owenyo - 1951


being turned at Keeler
Engine No. 9 is turned on the Keeler wye as fans watch.






A number of feature length Hollywood films have been made in the Owens valley, and several have included the narrow gauge. The line has appeared in "B" westerns with such stars as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Keeler has become "Crazy Horse, Nevada for a 1942 production. [RKO Studios] The narrow gauge played an important role in "Three Godfathers," starring John Wayne. The movie was made in the valley in 1949 and featured SP 9, flatcar 259 and combine 400. The film's train arrives at the fictional "Apache Wells, Arizona" tank. Film crews built the water tank and "weathered" the train to make it look even more dusty than usual. [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] The Slim Princess was also used in the 1950's television series "Annie Oakley," [The Cinder Trail] "Bad Day at Black Rock' used scenes filmed on the "Jawbone line," and at Laws, while the 1965 Steve McQueen Paramount film "Nevada Smith" used Laws and the narrow gauge display train..

cindar trail
Annie Oaklie - The Cinder Trail (Season 1/Episode 10)
March, 1954
Gail Davis / Jimmy Hawkins / Paul Burns


three godfathers
3 Godfathers - 1948
John Wayne / Harry Carey Jr. / Ward Bond

sinister journey sinister journey sinister journey
Sinister Journey - 1948
(There is as LOT of Slim Princess and Keeler Depot action in this movie!)
William Boyd / Andy Clyde / Rand Brooks

bad day at blackrock
Bad Day at Blackrock - 1955
Spencer Tracy / Robert Ryan / Ann Francis / Dean Jagger / Walter Brennan
Lee Marvin / Earnest Borgnine / Russell Collins

nevada smith
Nevada Smith - 1966
Still action at the Laws RR Museum
Steve McQueen / Karl Malden / Suzanne Pleshette / Martin Landau

saga of death valley
Saga of Death Valley - 1939
Roy Rogers / George "Gabby" Hayes / Ann Meredith
flame of barbary coast
Flame of Barbary Coast - 1945
John Wayne / Ann Dvorak

blazing sun
The Blazing Sun - 1950
Gene Autry / Lynne Roberts / Anne Gwynne
greed
Greed - 1925
Gibson Gowland / Zasu Pitts /Jean Hersholt

slim princess
3 Godfathers - 1948
John Wayne / Harry Carey Jr. / Ward Bond

slim princess
Somebody at Keeler Station filming a western.


The Gene Autry Show - Steel Ribbon (Season 3 / Episode 11)
September 1953
Gene Autry / Gail Davis
A variety of "B" Westerns starring Gene Autry and Roy Rogers



leaving laws
Leaving Laws in 1954 with a spare baggage-mail car for traveling fans.


phony headlamp
Engine No. 9 with a phony stack and headlamp - 1956

restored no. 9
No. 9 restored to original operating condition.

restored no. 9
Refurbished Engine No. 9 in operation in Owens Valley.

keeler depot
Keeler Depot with Cerro Gordo Tramway Terminal in the distance - 1948

owenyo depot
Owenyo Depot - 1954

kearsarge depot
Kearsarge Depot, an original C&C building - 1939
ebay auction item
Southern Pacific Engine No. 9 on the gallows turntable at Laws
(E-Bay auction item)

auction item
1985 Carson & Colorado painting
(E-Bay auction item)

farnsworth painting
W. M. Farnsworth Carson & Colorado painting
(E-Bay auction item)

fred bonn
Fred Bonn painting of the "Slim Princess"
(E-Bay auction item)

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ebay auction
Southern Pacific Engine No. 2758 at Owenyo
(E-Bay auction item)

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uknown
Engine No. 22 somewhere in Owens Valley
(Photo courtesy Unknown)

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Engine No. 9 somewhere in Owens Valley
(Photo courtesy Unknown)

laws water tower
Engine No. 9 somewhere in Owens Valley
(Photo courtesy Unknown)

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