The Slim Princess Narrow Gauge Locomotive and Dehy Park

Visit Dehy Park at the northwest end of Independence, California, right on highway 395. This day-use area has the historic narrow-gauge steam locomotive known as the “Slim Princess.” Built in Philadelphia in 1911 it ran on various lines including the Carson to Colorado and Southern Pacific Railroad. More information is available at the locomotive (what a history!).

The park is a great place for a picnic. Independence Creek flows through the park and in the heat of summer is a welcome retreat and playground for future dam builders. Dehy Park also has a conventional full playground for the youngsters and tables and grills for that picnic.


Latitude: 36.8060693 Longitude: -118.2033179 Elevation: 3917 ft

Time Period Represented

The locomotive represents the time of steam locomotive power in the area (1870s-1950s).

Hours Open

Open 24 hours.

Visitor Fees


Seasons Open

All year.

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA acessible facilites

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets OK on leash.


Greetings, I visited your site looking for information on the progress of restoring locomotive No. 18, and I noticed in the information you provide, you indicate in the information immediately below the picture of the locomotive that the locomotive was built in 1811. That is not correct. In 1811, there was not any railroad steam locomotive operation anywhere in America because no railroads had been built in America in 1811, so it's a sure bet that locomotive No. 18 was not built in 1811. And for that matter, quite possibly in 1811, there were not any railroad steam locomotives being built and operated anywhere in the world in 1811. My study of the history of use of steam to operate machines that could transport people and freight has always found that steam power was first used to power boats, sometime in the early years of the 1800's. My research about the history of steam powered locomotives has also always found that the first steam locomotives were built sometime in the late 1820s and early 1830s. In the interest of providing accurate information, I hope that you will research this and make a correction as to when the No. 18 was built. Thank you for letting me speak out about this. Jim Fisher Camas, Washington P. S.: By the way, do you offer memberships in the group restoring the locomotive?

Jim Fisher at, 5/25/2016

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