On Wednesday June 10th, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will offer a behind-the-scenes viewing of the restoration of Sierra No. 3. Railtown staff will present a 90-minute program which will also include a shop tour. Cost for the tours is $5, and reservations may be made by calling 209-984-3953. Tours will consist of an overview of the project to date followed by a tour of the Tri Dam shop where much of the work is currently taking place. Restoration staff, utilizing a combination of historic and modern methods, is restoring this historic locomotive. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate the machinery and methods being used as well as to answer any questions.
The Sierra No. 3’s boiler was sent to Washington State to be used as a pattern for a new boiler fabricated by Chelatchtie Boiler Works, a major step in the restoration process. Both boilers will be delivered in mid-July, and the erection will occur at the Railtown Shops.
Monthly Tours will continue to be offerred throughout the project.
This work is being funded by a California Cultural and Historical Endowment grant, the Sonora Area Foundation, the Irving J. Symons Foundation, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and many member donations.
The popular Sierra No. 3 locomotive is expected to return to operation at Railtown1897 SHP in 2010.