Coming Soon: The Ultimate Restoration of Sierra #3 on PBS

*** UPDATE: Local Sacramento PBS station KVIE-6 to air A Star is Reborn: Sierra #3 on December 16th @ 1pm! ***

It has taken close to $1.5M from the State of California, two foundations, the people of Tuolumne County and train enthusiasts worldwide to fund its restoration. It took a Washington State design firm, key staffers and many more dedicated volunteers at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park to do the work. Now you can see the restoration of the 1891 Rogers class steam locomotive Sierra #3 — AKA “The Movie Train” — for yourself this fall on the new PBS program “Ultimate Restorations” (check your local listings for the time and station in your area).

Sierra #3 is probably the most widely-seen locomotive in the world, appearing in over 100 feature films and TV series, including High Noon, Unforgiven, Back to the Future III, and “Petticoat Junction“. After over 100 years in service, it’s boiler failed and needed replacement. Unfortunately, spare parts for these ‘Iron Giants’ are non-existent, so a new one needed to be fabricated. This episode of “Ultimate Restorations” tells the story of how a few talented individuals and many passionate volunteers got The Movie Train back on track.

Sierra #3 is now in service on selected weekends throughout the summer and into the fall. Buy you own ticket online at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.




Spotlight on Railtown, a Very Special Event June 9th

Tuolumne County’s Rotary clubs will host a “Spotlight on Railtown” fundraiser on Saturday evening, June 9, at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown, CA. This special fundraising event is one of several that local Rotary clubs are holding in an effort to keep Railtown 1897 SHP open and in continued operation. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds will directly benefit the Park and its continued operation.

The festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with local wines and delicious appetizers served in and around the Park’s signature facility, the Historic Jamestown Roundhouse and Shops. As guests tour the facility, they will enjoy live music; turntable demonstrations; historic railcar rides; and “Movie Star” locomotive Sierra No. 3 in operation. Next will be a silent auction, followed by dramatizations and short speeches in the historic Depot. Then, for a relaxing grand finale to the evening, guests will enjoy a ride aboard Railtown 1897’s excursion train, with silent auction results announced as the train arrives back at the Depot.

Rail enthusiasts and the community at large are encouraged to play a supporting role in Railtown 1897’s future.  Tickets for “Spotlight on Railtown” are available from local Rotary club members, at the Park itself during regular hours, or online .

“Spotlight on Railtown” is presented by the Sonora Rotary Club, Sunrise Rotary Club, ‘49er Rotary Club, Twain Harte Rotary Club, and Groveland Rotary Club, and sponsored by the Black Oak Casino, California State Parks, and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.   Featured wines will include Gianelli Vineyards of Jamestown, Indigeny Reserve Hard Cider and La Bella Rosa Vineyards both of Sonora, and Zucca Mountain Vineyards of Murphys.

Tuolumne Location: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


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Railtown 1897 is truly a one-of-a-kind facility. Not only does it have the oldest roundhouse this side of the Mississippi, it houses three steam locomotives, the oldest a 1891 Rogers class locomotive known as “The Movie Train”. Sierra #3 has … Continue reading

TV Alert — Jamestown and Railtown feature on Huell Howser’s “California Gold”

The return of Railtown 1897′s ‘Movie Train’, Sierra #3 is featured tonight, along with the return of the Jamestown Jail and a look at the community. Look for it at 9pm on the Sacramento PBS station KVIE, and check your local listings wherever “California Gold” is seen. More information at