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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!

Container's Arrive for building

posted May 20, 2017, 6:10 PM by Richard Glueck

The delivery started around 08:30 and lasted until 4.  The containers are a mixed bag, but all certainly solid for our purposes. They will all have different purposes. Some could be offices or living spaces, the others are will be usedfor storage and shop areas.

In some shots, you might be able to make out the marked locations of where the concrete sono-tubes will be cast.  You can see Leverett Fernald and Ron Jenkins measuring the boxes to determine in the distances of the concrete supports match the containers, which they do.

2017-05-19 Container delivery

Turbo Generator Balancing

posted Apr 3, 2017, 6:28 PM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

President Richard Glueck and Volunteer Al Jenkins visited AC Electric to watch them balance the restored armature. All that is left for the generator is: recasting the covers, powder coating, and assembly

Pop Goes the Bezel!

posted Feb 9, 2017, 10:39 PM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 10:41 PM ]

PERC finished machining the replacement tender backup light bezel ring, cast by Peter Grant. While it should have matched up exactly, they found it necessary to pull out the original brass pins and replace them with bolts, which isn't historical, but the ring fits very well. We need to get or fabricate tabs to hold in the headlight glass, then Peter will cast a replacement latch handle and service door. This should be done in the next week or two.

To recap: The can body of the backup lamp was restored by Forrest Autobody of Winterport. Casting pattern was made by Bernie Perch of Minersville, Penn., using the remaining 4 inch fragment of the original bezel. Odd Duck Foundry of Orrington, cast the iron bezel ring with about five attempts that failed, but from which he perfected a technique. We got one! Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation (PERC) also in Orrington, milled the bezel so it fits the can body.

Bangor Savings Bank

posted Feb 7, 2017, 6:06 PM by Rudy Garbely   [ updated Feb 7, 2017, 6:06 PM ]

Mainers can go to Bangor Savings Bank, and write in New England Steam Corporation in the Hancock/Washington Cty. section. The voters must live in Maine, and they can vote for three worthy activities, but of course, we'd like them to write us in. There's over $100,000 to be split up, and we could surely use the votes!

BRHPS Show 2017!

posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:40 AM by Rudy Garbely   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 8:41 AM ]

Join NESCo for the Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society on Saturday, May 13th! Check out the show flyer below!

MEC 470 Merchandise Available!

posted Jan 31, 2017, 8:52 PM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 8:53 PM ]

There are seven of the 2017 "470 Calendars" remaining. If you want one, please let us know by emailing immediately. The calendars are $15 + $5 priority mail shipping. These are the last of the calendars!

Now available! Poster-size (24"x36") copies of the original American Locomotive Works print of 469 & 470 are now available. These first appeared in Mainline Modeler magazine. Rights to the content were granted to the C&OT&HS, who have granted NESCO permission to reproduce them for sale. Copies are $25 +$5 shipping. The prints are sharp enough to read details; perfect for live steam modelers! 470 finished service with some modifications, but these depict "as delivered" in 1924.


Also available! Something beautiful and almost unique! We have been given three of the chevron style and two of the rectangular plates, all etched in stainless steel, recognizing a donors participation in the restoration of the 470! Each plate is $25 + $5 shipping and handling. You can pay by PayPal or by check at our postal address. This is a nice way to post your support alongside you model layout, in your train room, or elsewhere. The supply is limited, so if you want one, please email your intent to order!

Some other unique NESCO items will be announced soon!

2017 #470 Calendar

posted Dec 19, 2016, 12:09 PM by Rudy Garbely   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 12:09 PM ]

Kerri Marion, a longtime supporter of NESCo through her Facebook page, has created a 2017 calendar of Maine Central #470!


A Light and a Lift!

posted Dec 1, 2016, 11:39 PM by Richard Glueck   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 11:39 PM ]

An early Christmas present for the 470! Peter Grant (Odd Duck Foundry) used the patterns made by Bernard Perch (Project 113) to cast this replacement bezel ring for 470's tender backup light. Peter found a flask capable of holding the pattern and put supports across it. Earlier attempts could not support the weight of the sand, and fell out before casting could occur. This time he scored a good molding and with the application of scrap radiator, plumbing and Chevy manifold, he got the desired result. With the reconditioned backup light, services donated by Forrest Autobody (Winterport), the pattern from Mr. Perch (Minersville, Pa.), and casting by Odd Duck Foundry (Orrington, Maine), a piece of 470 has been replaced!

Additionally, our CMO Leverett Fernald was able to negotiate donation of a used crane, in good condition, from Shawmut Equipment. This will be capable of lifting the tender, and frankly, most of the things for which we will need heavy lift capability. He is presently working out delivery to Washington Jct,, but the potential power to solve a number of lift problems is more than welcomed!

Rails in Waterville

posted Sep 23, 2016, 1:51 PM by Richard Glueck

On 9/22/16, Collie and Myron are shown removing fish plates and bolts from the display rails. Pretty ingenious too, using an adjustable wrench and a pipe to gain leverage, plus a couple shots of WD-40. Ron is shown removing rail anchors, using a spike puller and a sledge. While Ron and Myron raised rail, Collie and Dick whacked out the tie plates using hammers. Afterward, the four of them loaded the materials in Myron's truck for removal and re-use or scrap. It was amazing how dissolved the steel was where coal dust had settled under and alongside these heavy pieces of steel. The rails which once supported 470 on display, will now be used along the inspection and drop pit in her new home in Hancock.

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