Work Begins a the Sacramento Shops

Last week the chassis of the #3 was delivered to the Sacramento Shops of the California State Railroad Museum, where the staff of 4 (plus volunteers) has been working to level the frame, and prepare the work space in eager anticipation of the arrival of the boilers. 
Because the Sierra #3 experienced at least three catastrophic accidents in its history, the chassis is not completely symetrical, and warpage presented some challenges.  It was successfully levelled to within 1mm, using a water level. 
To prevent fitting issues between the new boiler and the frame, the old boiler was transported to Camas, Washington, for reference during the construction of the new boiler.  It will be returned to the Sacramento shops for use as a reference during the fitting, before being returned to Railtown, where it will eventually be on display.
Please note that while the Sacramento Shops are visible from the Amtrak station, public access is not permitted due to safety concerns and legal agreements with property owners. 
Outside the historic Southern Pacific shops (now used by California State Railroad Museum)

Outside the historic Southern Pacific shops (now used by the California State Railroad Museum)

Levelled chassis of the Sierra #3, mounted on jacks.

Levelled chassis of the Sierra #3, mounted on jacks.

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