Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

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RGlueck
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Re: Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

Post by RGlueck »

Preservation is a tight rope. From what I've read in your responses, preserving perhaps a portion of the original as a display piece, show the original assembly techniques might be warranted. In that manner, original workmanship is retained and the bulk of the severely damaged original could be "harvested" as scrap. Nobody wants to see it go, since it is no longer an off the shelf item. On the other hand, it becomes an attractive nuisance if left around to collect more water and attract varmints.
I need to reflect a bit, on how whole lines of steam locomotives were slaughtered wholesale, during the fifties and sixties. Most remained serviceable, yet the investment in them was long past. The only thing to do was store them under cover (Sweden did) or leave them open for deterioration (US did).
The decision is a long way off, so for some time to come, I hope you'll be able to see the original and the new replacement, side by side after delivery.
Please keep your comments coming.

arthur d.
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Re: Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

Post by arthur d. »

Cut the whole thing into 4 inch squares, number them and sell them off to foamers. Call it a fund raiser

gokeefe
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Re: Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

Post by gokeefe »

Use boat shrink wrap and store it on blocks. Preserves for future reference (if ever necessary), avoids requirements for abatement, prevents corrosion by keeping water out, saves everybody the headache (and heartache) of scrapping. Give it new shrink wrap as needed every 3 or so years. Keeps vandals away and shrink wrap would immediately show evidence of entry or destruction.

You don't have to decide now. And this minimizes the expense and efforts associated with parts no longer in use.

Keep up the great work!
gokeefe

RGlueck
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Re: Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

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Located in Washington Jct. Yard, on the Downeast Scenic Railroad. Maine Central 470 is dry, indoors, being worked on all year long.
Boiler is being stripped by UMO engineering students. Tubes and flues may be pulled this year. Valve gear has just been removed for cleaning and examination. Cab is being rebuilt as a winter indoor project, though it's not a huge priority right now. Tender tank has been ordered and should be completed by April.
Immediate goals include raising $50K for installation of a service pit and drop table, and $30K to have cylinders and valve cages resurfaced and pistons resurfaced.
Your membership and donations go directly into this project and nowhere else.

No, the window you see are in storage, and not for the cab!
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RGlueck
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Re: Maine Central Steam Locomotive #470 Discussion

Post by RGlueck »

Two historical documents have been placed on the New England Steam website.  One is a PDF of 1974 engine houses and yard service tracks, dated for 1974.  The second is a 1937 set of guidelines for re-railing B&M #6000, aka "The Flying Yankee".  These should be of interest to modelers and historian alike. 
  https://www.newenglandsteam.org/resources

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