The Samuel Freeman Foundation Trustees have chosen New England Steam Corporation's tender rebuild project as recipient of a grant of $50,000! The Freeman Foundation would like to see this funding figure matched to bring the total to bear on getting 470 a "new, old tender"! We say " a new, old tender", because new steel will be fabricated using the original as a template. The assembly process will use hot riveting, the historical technique used by American Locomotive Works in 1924.
On Tuesday, March 27th, a team of thirteen volunteers and our contractor's crew, pulled the tarp covering over the steel arches of the New England Steam Corporation shop. This structure effectively gives us a dry, all-weather work area measuring 60 feet by 120 feet. 5,280 sq. feet will be open area, including the boiler and the extended track on which 470 will stand. Once the sea of mud is dried and stable, the boiler will be moved indoors. One of the first projects this season will be to construct panel track, and to pull the frame and driver gear indoors. Electrifying the shop will be the next major addition. The track will be temporary as we are still planning to install a drop pit.
The tender fund has grown to approximately $17,000, while we wait for answers from potential granting agencies. "Thank you", to everyone who donated and continue to help build the tender fund. Once the $100,000 goal is met, the tender will go out for complete rebuilding. Donations can be made using PayPal or by mailing a check to our Winterport address.
A locomotive cannot operate without a tender, and 470's tender body is corroded beyond renewal. A complete replacement is required. The body will be taken apart to form templates make CAD diagrams. A new riveted tender body, historically accurate and reproduced in must the same way as in 1924, will be created. Essentially, 470 will receive " a new, old tender". Original hardware, including coal bunker doors, the stoker motor, grab irons, steps, and ladder, will all be incorporated in the new body.
$16,000 is presently being held on account in the tender fund. We need to raise a total of $100,000 to complete this critical work. A Maine contractor has been identified to undertake this job, which will employ Maine steel workers for half a year. The funds you donate will stay in the local economy, doing even more good. The tender is big, it's essential, and what a showpiece it will be on completion.
In 2016, The Mystic Valley Railway Society granted $6,200 to strip hazardous paint from the tender frame. These funds have also purchased undercoating and finish paint for the frame and trucks. This summer, a shop truck will be used to remove the original tender trucks in turn, while each is disassembled, cleaned, painted, greased and reassembled. The brake gear will be rebuilt in a similar manner.
Donations in any amount, to help rebuild the 470 tender, can be given here through our PayPal (under "GET INVOLVED"), or mailed to: New England Steam Corp., P.O. Box 302, Winterport, Maine 04496. If a check is mailed, please indicate it is for the tender rebuild.
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?
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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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.
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!
There are seven of the 2017 "470 Calendars" remaining. If you want one, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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!