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Another Grant Received!

posted Apr 14, 2016, 9:54 PM by Rudy Garbely   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 8:26 PM ]
The Mystic Valley Railway Society has announced that a portion of the W. Russell Rylko Memorial Grant has been awarded to New England Steam Corporation for 2016. The grant of $6,200 will be used to renovate the frame and trucks of Maine Central #470's tender, in preparation to receive a historically accurate replica of the original tender tank and coal bunker. Renovation of the frame will involve stripping the old paint, rebuilding the trucks and brakes, priming and repainting the frame and trucks, and applying a new deck. This grant, in addition to funds being accrued to replace the tender tank and bunker, will advance the whole project significantly in the first year of relocation to the Downeast Scenic Railroad.

Donations designated to support the tank rebuild are presently being sought. You can donate directly to the tender fund by mailing a check to: New England Steam Corporation, P.O. Box 302, Winterport, Maine 04496 . Be sure to mark the donation for the tender fund. Donors of $250 or more will receive a special lapel pin which indicates the wearer is a "Restoration Supporter."

If you'd like to support the restoration in a smaller way, check out these old filaments from #470's turbo generator!

We have a large number of them, and as they are being replaced with new laser cut parts, these are of no use. We are offering the originals for $5 each (postage included) as a means for the general public to support restoring the turbo generator. Anyone wishing to own a small piece of something that will be placed back in service on the 470 can send a check to NESCO for $5/per filament, postage included. Mail payment to: New England Steam Corporation, P.O. Box 302, Winterport, Maine 04496.