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