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Benefit Event For Railtown’s Sierra No. 3

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Sonora, Ca — Plans are coming together for a benefit concert for Sierra No. 3, the “Movie Star Train” which is housed at Railtown 1897.

The train is currently dismantled, in preparation for a comprehensive restoration. The train has been featured in numerous television shows and films. Actors who have appeared with Sierra No. 3 include Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Paul Newman, Ronald Reagan and others.

Total restoration is estimated to cost over $600,000 and supporters have been actively raising funding.

Kathy Daigle with the California State Railroad Museum Foundation says,We´re in the last stretch of this fund-raising drive so every dollar is important.”

The Sonora Area Foundation and the Irving J. Symons Foundation recently announced they are challenging the community to raise $50,000 by January 27th, which they would then match.

The benefit event is scheduled for Saturday, January 13th, at the Sonora Opera Hall. Doors will open at 6:30pm. The night will also feature a silent auction that will showcase the works of artist Patrick Michael Karnahan.

Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased by calling the Sonora Area Chamber of Commerce at 209-559-4999.

Written by BJ Hansen