Volunteers from Cianbro Construction of Pittsfield, ME used donated equipment from their employer to remove 470's bell and yoke on January 8th. The entire unit weighs well over 200 pounds, requiring the use of specialized machinery to lower it to the ground. The two pieces have gone to Cianbro's shops where they will be cleaned, resurfaced, and repaired, including the installation of a new clapper. The pneumatic ringing device was broken back in the early 1960s, and parts may require machining in order to repair it. 470's repaired bell will be available to ring at upcoming events. Please watch for us at the Springfield, MA train show!
Parts removed from 470 for repair are inventoried, numbered, logged, and stored in a single secure facility.