Photo: Sierra No. 3 (California State Parks)
A popular star of TV and film makes a comeback this weekend after undergoing a three-year, $1.5 million facelift. The Sierra No. 3 steam engine will debut July 3 and 4 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, a small Gold Rush town near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The 1891 vintage locomotive has a long list of movie credits including High Noon, Unforgiven, and the Virginian. It’s appeared in TV shows such as Petticoat Junction, Lassie, Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prairie.
Special festivities will mark the return of the Sierra No. 3 including live entertainment, costumed characters, food and movie highlights. Visitors may take 45-minute train rides behind the locomotive, one of the oldest operating steam engines in the USA. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 17. Sierra No. 3 train rides will depart at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. both days.
More information: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
5th Avenue and Reservoir Road (3 miles south of Sonora)
PO Box 1250, Jamestown, CA 95327