"A couple of three" items you might care to note:
-We recently came in contact with a gentleman selling off his grandfather's steam gauge and cab sittings collection. We were able to acquire an Ashton Duplex brake gauge, to replace the unit vandals destroy. This is a rare bird. There are other pieces available that exactly replicate the lost fittings of 470's cab. If you are on Facebook, please go to our site and click on the donation button.
Any funds donated through that access will be used to replace those missing cab fittings. This was a lucky opportunity for us, and support is needed to complete these acquisitions.
-The based of the shop building is completed. Concrete piers were sunk into the earth, well below the frost line, and six 40' re-purposed containers were set on them. The containers have been anchored to the piers. The arch-tarp building frame is onsite, and we only await the contractor to come down and put'er together. With the building up, we need a volunteer crew to restore panel track indoors. The 470 chassis and tender will be towed into the building, while the boiler, which sits on a flatbed truck, will be backed in as well. Your
Maine Central 470, will be under cover for the first time in nearly 70 years. Chief Mechanical Officer Leverett Fernald, will designate workers to completely strip the boiler and others will begin chassis and drive train work. This is serious, hard labor, and we need volunteers who will show up and carry out instructions. Hard hats, safety toe boots, work vests are required.
We have submitted a grant proposal to install electricity and lighting throughout the shop, and heating in the office. If your club or railroad hobby organization wants to help underwrite that task, please get in touch with me at [email protected]
-The drop pit has been put off for the time being, but still something we wish to install. Getting the locomotive indoors became a greater priority. We think you'll understand.
-The tender frame has been stripped of old paint. The trucks will be torn down this winter, and cleaned, repainted, greased and replaced. Mystic Valley Railway Society
has paid for that. The tender body (cistern and coal bunker) will be sent to Cianbro, in Pittsfield, for use as a pattern. From those measurements, an exact, historically accurate, replacement will be constructed. We have partial funding for that, but must raise $85K to rebuild the unit. By the way, that's a bargain price.
-I want to mention to extraordinary efforts of Bob DeWachter, in completely building new classification lights from scrath, rebuilding the cylinder drain cocks, and total restoration of the reversing wheel and mechanism. Some of these will be displayed at Brewer and Amherst Train Shows.
-Tickets for the Bowser H-O scale, Maine Central U25B Diesel locomotives, are available until November 20th (Brewer Train Show). This generous donation was made by Bill Lee of Bowser Trains
. Tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or multiples thereof. The winner gets both locomotives and a stainless steel display plate. They'll be in his/her hands before Christmas.
-470 is your locomotive
. New England Steam Corporation has been formed to purchase and move the locomotive (DONE), rebuild it (DOING), operate and maintain her (COMING). This is really a protective trust to preserve, education, and economically build businesses around the locomotive's drawing power. Whenever you donate to the funding, it goes directly to your locomotive.
Thank you for the continued recognition.