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1/30/18 Valve Pilot Update

posted Jan 30, 2018, 11:08 AM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 11:10 AM ]

2018-01-30 Valve Pilot Display Update

January 2018 Update

posted Jan 30, 2018, 11:06 AM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 11:10 AM ]


NESCO President Richard Glueck stands between 470's replacement classification lights, at the Amherst Railway Society show, on January 27.  The show was a wonderful time to bring new friends and old acquaintances together to discuss our project and where it's going this year.  Because of efforts by a great number of individuals, we are able to say, the restoration building is 90% completed, awaiting a few warm days to complete raising the cover.  Smaller but necessary components of the 470 itself, are being checked off as completed.  The Valve Pilot and speed recorder, heavily damaged by vandals is being rebuilt by a mechanical engineering student from the University of Maine, complete with near parts being 3D printed and re-cut from brass.  

Dick would like to point out the immediate goals of electrifying the shop building and completely funding the tender restoration.  The electrification as projected will cost around $10,000, perhaps less.  The tender rebuild has $15,000 on account, is underway, and requires approximately $85,000 to complete.  These efforts are not out of grasp, and we can assure donors of a first class job.

Remember, when you donate to New England Steam Corporation, the money goes toward restoration.  The restored locomotive is a gift to the future, and as a donor, you are an active part of the work being accomplished.  
With funding in place, you can have a historically accurate replacement tender in the next year.  Won't that be an accomplishment?

12-22-17 Building Update

posted Dec 22, 2017, 4:16 PM by Richard Glueck

Complete Construction has tack welded the plates to the tops of the containers and has begun to assemble the arches. The entire support structure is expected to be complete by the end of the next week with the tarp roof being installed New Years weekend. 

2017-12-22 Building

Building Construction Update 12/12/17

posted Dec 12, 2017, 10:47 AM by Richard Glueck

Complete Construction of Houlton, Maine, expects to begin erecting the Arch-Tarp shop building beginning Monday, December 18th. New England Steam personnel will be prepping the site for winter construction as necessary. It is our hope to build panel track to extend track 7, indoors during January.  Weather permitting, most of 470's assembly will be brought indoors once the track is completed. The individual containers will be modified and put to use once the building is enclosed. Two generous private donations will make it possible to purchase and install mechanical doors for the structure.

Membership Renewal

posted Nov 22, 2017, 8:13 AM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Nov 22, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

Dear Friends and Members: 

 We are trying to move all our annual membership notice reminders to a single time of year.  Many of you have already begun to update your memberships for 2018.  This makes it easier for us to maintain current records and gets everyone onto the same calendar year. 

As members, you have been receiving issues of "The Booster" (another issue coming out in a week) and our regular newsletter  WE NEED YOU AND WANT YOU TO STAY A PART OF THE RESTORATION OF MAINE CENTRAL 470.  In 2017, you've seen the shop building coming together, several significant parts of the locomotive being restored, and some terrific interaction with an excited public.  There are bigger things coming in 2018!

Please consider joining of renewing your annual membership for 2018 by either using Paypal on our website, or by mailing a check to New England Steam Corporation, P.O. Box 302, Winterport, Maine 04496 .  

We will be back at "The Big E" in Springfield, this January, and you can renew or rejoin there as well.  By renewing now, we can update the membership and you won't get "bugged" again in the 2018 year! 

Thanks for your continued support.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Richard Glueck

Reverser Restoration

posted Nov 7, 2017, 6:29 PM by Richard Glueck

Bob DeWachter is at it again. The reverser was taken off the backhead on August 6, 2017. Completed 10/22/17

2017-11-07 Reverser restoration

Building Construction

posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:59 PM by Richard Glueck

The construction of the building has started! These photos were taken over a period of a few weeks to allow for the concrete to set. Soon the roof and doors will be installed!

2017-10-02 Building Construction


Tender Restoration Part 1

posted Jul 26, 2017, 4:37 AM by Richard Glueck

Part one of the tender restoration.

After lots of planning and work, we have finally started! We would like to thank Mystic Valley Railway Society for kickstarting the restoration by funding paint, primer, stripper, as well as supplies, and tools to remove the paint!

2017-07-26 Tender p1

Cylinder Cock Restoration

posted Jul 26, 2017, 4:19 AM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 4:37 AM ]

After Touch a Train there was a mini work day on the locomotive. Bob DeWachter removed the cylinder cocks, linkage, and actuators for refurbishment and restoration. These photos document their restoration. 

While there was some pitting on the valves, they were all salvageable and are ready to be put back on the locomotive!

2017-07-26 Cocks

Touch-A-Train 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 7:09 AM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Touch A Train 2017, at Washington Junction Yard (Railroad Siding Road, Hancock, Maine) is Saturday, June 10th.  If you are in the area, touring in Acadia, or just need an excuse to come visit the 470, please join in.  The event begins at 09:00 and will run until about 1PM, when a special train of the Downeast Scenic Railroad will leave the yard.  Remember, Maine Central 470 made it's final revenue run 63 years ago, that following week!

See 470 in it's new home.
See the preparation for the shop erection in progress.
Climb aboard Downeast Scenic's Diesel locomotives.
Blow the whistle and ring the bell!
Ride Downeast Scenic's restored Reading caboose!
Take chance on two outstanding H-O scale Maine Central locomotives, courtesy of Bowser Trains!
Talk with the New England Steam Corporation directors and get you questions answered, first hand!

Have a great time with railroad  and historic preservationists.  No cost to attend, explore, and watch your children's faces light up!

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