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.
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.