January 2018 Update

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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?

Building Construction Update 12/22/2017

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. 

Building Construction Update 12/12/2017

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

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
President

Building Construction

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!

Tender Restoration, Part 1

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!

Cylinder Cock Restoration

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!

Touch-a-Train 2017

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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Containers Arrive for Building

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.

Turbo Generator Balancing

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

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.

MEC 470 Merchandise Available

There are seven of the 2017 "470 Calendars" remaining. If you want one, please let us know by emailing newenglandsteamcorp@gmail.com 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!

A Light and a Lift

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

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.

$7,000 Donation

Directors of the Jacobs Family Foundation stopped by on Saturday morning and received a full tour of the 470 and the layout of the shop building and pit. After consideration of the outlined work schedule and transparency of the project, the foundation granted NESCO a donation of $7,000 towards construction of the pit. Combined with prospective funding and smaller donations which arrive regularly, we hope to have the pit cast during the early fall season. Additional funds will be used to erect the building which is presently on site. 

Donors can earmark their tax-deductible gifts to fund the tender restoration, the shop erection, or the boiler fund. 

The 470 Restoration is noted in the October issue of Railfan & Railroad Magazine (page 15), as well as the NRHS bulletin.