Sierra #3 on the Move

The modern equipment available at the Tri Dam warehouse has been essential for completion of this project.  The Tri Dam, however, is not equipped with a crane.  We’ve had some challenges with levelling the frame with the spring rigging, and it has become apparent that we are going to need to re-machine some of the parts on the front truck.  The simplest way to remove the truck is to use the drop-pit in the roundhouse.  So, today, the locomotive made its first trip back to the roundhouse in several years!  We probably imported too much signifigance to the occasion, but it was fun!
Norm Comer (in foreground) monitors the rigging as the #3 is pulled out of the Tri Dam.

Norm Comer (in foreground) monitors the rigging as the #3 is pulled out of the Tri Dam.

George Sapp at the helm of the 45-tonner, with flatcar as a "handle" pushes the #3 back towards the roundhouse.

George Sapp at the helm of the 45-tonner, (with flatcar as a "handle") pushes the #3 back towards the roundhouse.

James Judnich, Kurt Anderson, Norm Comer and Rob Buchanan-- the #3 crew on hand-- just couldn't resist the bizarre photo op of the "naked" #3 with the famous water tower.

James Judnich, Kurt Anderson, Norm Comer and Rob Buchanan-- the #3 crew on hand-- just couldn't resist the bizarre photo op of the "naked" #3 with the famous water tower.

The #3 is pushed back into the roundhouse.

The #3 is pushed back into the roundhouse.

 Visitors will be able to see the #3 on display in the roundhouse for the next couple of weeks.  On Monday, visitors may be able to observe the drop-pit in action when the crew is scheduled to remove the front truck for some adjustments necessary for levelling of the spring-rigging.  (Please, stay behind the fence, and do not feed the crew! )

On Wednesday, the 9th, the “Behind the Scenes Tour” will be offered.  Call 209-984-3953 for reservations.  In addition to seeing the work in progress, visitors will also see a slide show covering the progress to date, as well as historic photos of the locomotive over time.

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