Slim Princess Sisters in History 140th Anniversary

A Once in a Lifetime Event:

Sisters in History: No.18 and No.9Engine No18, restored to operation in 2017 by the Carson & Colorado Railway organization from Independence California, has arrived at the Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site to be reunited with her sister Engine No9 (on static display), and No18 will be in steam and operating on our rails during her visit.

Both engines are oil-fired 4-6-0 “Ten-Wheeler” narrow gauge locomotives, built by Baldwin in 1911.

You have the opportunity to ride in caboose No401 pulled behind the one and only Slim Princess No18 !

Rides are offered from 9:00am to 4:00pm, on the following dates:

  • March 18, 2023
  • March 19, 2023
  • March 25, 2023
  • March 26, 2023

Special admission fees apply on these days...


View videos of SP engine No18's arrival at Laws!


Quilt Raffle Fundraiser 2023!

Quilt on WallWe received an amazing donation that could soon be yours! Our very own Kathryn Daniels has lovingly created a 48” x 56” train quilt with super soft minky fabric on the back. Designed and pieced by Kathryn, and long arm quilted by Laurie Morrow of Written in Thread Quilting.

Enter for your chance to win this one of a kind train quilt either for yourself or for the railfan in your life.

What is the Laws Railroad Museum?

Slim Princess Engine No.9Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and designated by the State of California as Historical Landmark # 953, the Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site is not just another train museum.  Located on the site of the Laws Railroad station and rail yard, the land, 1883 depot and other buildings, and the last train, were donated to Inyo County and the City of Bishop by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1960. At the time the railroad shut down its operations, the village of Laws that grew up around the rail yard had disappeared. That village has been recreated by moving in historic buildings from around the Owens Valley...

Library Fundraiser

Did you know our church/library was the original Catholic Church in Bishop located on West Elm Street? It was built in 1921 and moved to the museum in 1972. The entire structure was moved in a single piece.

We are ready to take on a major restoration project. The 101 year-old building needs to have the exterior shingles replaced with fire resistant material. This is a structural necessity to stop water permeating and further damaging the interior walls. Preserving history gives us the opportunity to have a conversation with our past about our future. To learn about ourselves and educate future generations.
Your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Get On Board - Volunteer

We host many community events and activities. Without the devotion of our volunteers, many of these would be de-railed. Volunteers are a gift to the community. You can make a difference. We understand that life commitments don’t provide the freedom to volunteer on a regular basis. However, if your days are somewhat flexible and you are able to give us a little time, we would love to have you.