George Sapp, Tony Stroud, and Ron Sloan, amongst others, paused work on the #3 for a few minutes to wish Norm a Happy Birthday!

Norm Comer celebrated his birthday, working in the historic roundhouse at Railtown today. 

As the Sierra #3 project is winding down, we are also starting to look back on so many of the milestones we have passed to reach this point.  When you look at larger projects that are going on all around us– the hundreds of employees working to build a new shopping center down the road, the tens of thousands of employees working on the oil spill in the gulf–this little locomotive, and our little staff, doesn’t seem like much.

But for those who have been working diligently to solve the complex daily problems that arise with each element of a restoration like this, it can be all-encompassing.   From the fundraising, accounting, ordering, restoring, adapting, creating, acknowledging, worrying, lobbying, documenting, calculating, machining, painting, and cleaning up, it has been a huge effort. The success of this project has been dependent upon the paid and volunteer staff who have made personal, and professional sacrifices to help us reach the goal of running this historic piece of equipment for future generations.

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Workers in Jamestown machine shop of Sierra Railway- date unknown (photo courtesy of CSRM Library).


Sometimes, on days like today, we remember that we are just the last in a long line of workers in these buildings, who celebrated their milestones here, too.