• Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

  • Discussion relating to the pre-1983 B&M and MEC railroads. For current operations, please see the Pan Am Railways Forum.
Discussion relating to the pre-1983 B&M and MEC railroads. For current operations, please see the Pan Am Railways Forum.

Moderator: MEC407

  by NHV 669
 
I've seen a couple different folks post this week on Facebook but nothing here; the guys at NESCO have successfully reattached the tender frame to its trucks and rolled it back into the shop. Progress!
  by RGlueck
 
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The tender frame is mounted on the rebuilt trucks and indoors to protect it from the weather.
This is a major accomplishment. Please maintain your membership and visit NESCO's website for more information.
  by RGlueck
 
Restoration of Maine Central 470 continues to move forward in 2022. Fewer volunteers were able to make the drive to the Hancock shops this year for all the reasons that have affected every group. Despite those issues, significant progress was made on all fronts, including boiler, cab, and tender.
New England Steam can use support with volunteers and funding. If you are ready to pitch in with this restoration, please visit http://www.newenglandsteam.org . Help bring the largest steam locomotive remaining in New England back to regular running.
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The biggest change in 2022, refers to the removal of tubes and flues from the 470's boiler. This is being performed by professions and will be followed by needle scaling the boiler exterior and interior. After that, ulta-sonic testing will assess the overall condition of the boiler as a pressure vessel.
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  by MEC407
 
Absolutely amazing and impressive progress. I can't help but think of all the people, on this site and elsewhere, who said it couldn't be done and would never happen. It's being done and it's happening. Bravo!
  by jaymac
 
So mebbe the 470 will be in steam in a shorter timespan and mebbe even sooner than the 3713...
  by RGlueck
 
Remember that 470 is in the hands of active people who are making it happen. Some contracted labor has been brought in. Steamtown has, for whatever reason, unfortunately placed roadblocks before the people dedicated to running 3713.
Make 470's restoration go faster by sending in your membership or financial donation NOW. If you can hot rivet, volunteer to do so. You make the difference in getting the locomotive brought back into service.
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