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Membership Renewal

posted by Richard Glueck   [ updated ]

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!

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!

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