ABOUT MAINE CENTRAL #470



Used here with permission from Kalmbach Publishing, 2013

Maine Central 4-6-2 "Pacific"-type locomotive #470 was built in May of 1924 by the American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, NY as serial #65555 and at a cost of $62,296.90. She pulled passenger trains for thirty years, including name trains The Gull, The Bar Harbor Express, and the Kennebec Limited between Boston, MA and Bangor, ME.  On June 13, 1954, #470 was the last steam locomotive operated by Maine Central Railroad, making a publicized run from Portland to Bangor, ME and back.  After the historic journey, #470 was brought to the Maine Central's Waterville, ME shop, where it was weatherized. On June 17, 1954, it was pulled onto its first plinth in front of the Waterville station, ending the age of American steam in Maine.

On October 28, 1962, during the 100th Anniversary of the Maine Central Railroad celebration, #470 was officially presented to the city of Waterville.  A few days later, #470 was removed from its display and returned to the Waterville yard due to construction of the College Avenue underpass.  On December 14, 1970, #470 was moved to its current position and re-dedicated on August 14, 1971.  Most of the current damage to #470 is a result of Maine's extreme climate, vandalism, and asbestos abatement efforts.

In cooperation with the City of Waterville, New England Steam Corporation's goal is to turn back time, bring #470 back to how it appeared in its service years, and restore the locomotive to operating status once more. The economic and educational merits of a returning live steam to "Vacationland" will provide much benefit for the newer generations that have never experienced the "Iron Horse," as well as bring back ond memories for those who remember and miss an important era in both American and Maine's history.