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January 10, 2012
Railtown offers special Shop Tours

Railtown shop.JPGRailtown 1897 State Historic Park will offer special tours of its large repair shop on three dates this winter.

Visitors will get a closeup look at the remarkable train restoration work being done at Railtown and will learn about recently completed projects, including the two-year reconstruction of Sierra No. 3, the "Movie Star" locomotive.

What: Behind-the-Scenes Shop Tours
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 9, 10 to 12 p.m.
Cost: included with Park admission: $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17, children under five are free
For more info: 209-984-3953 or go to Railtown website

News Release

PHOTO CREDIT: Workers remove rivets from the the boiler of the famous Sierra No. 3. The steam locomotive, seen in more than 200 movies and TV shows, went through a two-year restoration at the state-owned Railtown in Jamestown. 2000 Sacramento Bee photograph by Randy Pench

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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