New Volunteer Open House- January 31st, 2015

Railtown Volunteer help visitors understand why This Place Matters.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Volunteer help visitors understand why This Place Matters.

JAMESTOWN, Calif. (January 09, 2015) –Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is seeking volunteers to help with education and interpretation programs at the park, and will be hosting an open house at the end of the month to offer more information.

The Volunteer Open House will take place on Saturday January 31, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, located on 5th Avenue and Reservoir Road, Jamestown CA.  All volunteer applications must be submitted no later than Thursday February 12, as training programs will begin on Saturday February 14.  At the Open House, prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to meet Park staff and current volunteers, and learn about the various positions currently available.  Informal tours of the operation will be conducted, and snacks will be served. While no previous experience with trains or public service is required, recruitment is also currently underway for Car Host and Tour Guide volunteer positions.  Experience is not necessary- training will be provided.

Railtown 1897 SHP is known for its century-old steam maintenance shops and train rides, including popular rides behind the famous Sierra No. 3 (also known as the “Movie Star Locomotive”). In addition to weekend excursion steam trains (April through October), Railtown 1897 SHP offers daily tours, roving interpreters, and many special events, including The Polar Express ™.

Benefits for volunteering at Railtown 1897 SHP include membership in the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, free admission to and train rides at Railtown 1897 SHP and at the California State Railroad Museum, a variety of social activities, interesting training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and participation in an annual volunteer recognition dinner. Interested volunteers can download a volunteer application at http://www.railtown1897.org/volunteer or call 209-984-4408 for more information.

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Sierra No. 28 Repair Project- Removing the Jacket

To access the boiler, the jacket and lagging must be removed.  Lagging is a kiln-like material that is wired and cemented into place, and encapsulated by a sheet metal shell.  The main purpose of the lagging and jacket are to retain heat in the boiler. On this project we will be replacing the lagging and jacket with new material.  The jacket will be preserved.

Many hands make light work.  Today's team.

Many hands make light work. Today’s team.

Tony Stroud uses grinder to cut wires holding the jacket in place

Tony Stroud uses grinder to cut wires holding the jacket in place

Lenny Guitelli, David Ethier and Robert Maciel working to remove the straps and wires that hold the sheet metal jacket in place

Lenny Guitelli, David Ethier and Robert Maciel working to remove the straps and wires that hold the sheet metal jacket in place

The No. 28 is pulled out of the roundhouse for the final time, for easier removal of the jacket and lagging

The No. 28 is pulled out of the roundhouse for the final time, for easier removal of the jacket and lagging

Volunteers swarm the locomotive and make quick work of the task

Volunteers swarm the locomotive and make quick work of the task (note: the haze in these photos was an effect of the Rim Fire)

The sheets of the jacket are removed to reveal the lagging underneath

The sheets of the jacket are removed to reveal the lagging underneath

Pieces of the jacket are laid out for reference in constructing the replacement

Pieces of the jacket are laid out for reference in constructing the replacement

Dave Tadlock removes the insulating lagging

Dave Tadlock removes the insulating lagging

All of the lagging and jacket removed

All of the lagging and jacket removed

In the meantime. . .other volunteers were working on the construction of the work scaffolding

In the meantime. . .other volunteers were working on the construction of the work scaffolding

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