Ultimate Restorations

The Sierra #3 Locomotive: A Star Is Reborn

A group of passionate restorers resurrect one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in America. Built in 1891, the locomotive was made famous in movies like High Noon and Rawhide.
  • program length: 60 minutes
  • episode #103

Sunday, January 6 at 12:00 pm on 12.2

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ULTIMATE RESTORATIONS follows the rescue and refurbishment of some of the most valuable mechanical icons of the Golden Age (1880-1940), an era considered a high point in innovation and craftsmanship. The series tells the spellbinding stories behind the restorations of eight irreplaceable masterpieces — from a fire engine, a railroad car and a yacht to a carousel, a spy plane and the world's largest musical instrument. The passionate restorers and committed craftspeople discuss the challenges associated with reviving these massive icons. The drama can involve moving huge pieces of equipment, salvaging from sea-floor beds, searching for rare parts, and dealing with complicated mechanical systems.