Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:34

Historic steam locomotive being restored

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Historic steam locomotive being restored

HANCOCK - The New England Steam Corporation announced plans to restore a locomotive currently at the Washington Junction Yard.

The 470 locomotive was built in 1924 and was designed to pull "The Bar Harbor Express" between Boston and Bangor.

 

It's the largest survivor of its type in all of New England.

 

The train has spent the last sixty-two years as a park display and has decayed and rusted.

 

The New England Steam Corporation wants to restore the locomotive to be used on the Downeast Scenic Railroad.

 

New England Steam Corporation's President Richard Glueck said the piece of history has value for the future. He said, "to preserve this now while we can, will give a leg-up to future generations - so many of which have never experienced the sounds, excitement, and the smells of a steam locomotive in service."

 

Glueck said restorations will cost about $100,000. They've raised $16,000 of that goal, so far.

 

Anyone interested can donate through PayPal on New England Steam Corporation's Facebook page or send a check to PO Box 302, Winterport, Maine 04496.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now excited to explore other parts of the state.

She graduated from Suffolk University, where she got her first taste of journalism covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial live from the courtroom. She spent the end of her college career working as a writer at WHDH in Boston.

An avid traveler, she's visited ten countries and used to live in Spain. When not working, Kelly can be found reading with a coffee, out with friends, or wandering by the ocean.

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