Third time's the charm! The Waterville City Council voted to sell Maine Central 470 to New England Steam Corporation this evening.
I hesitate to say, "the good guys won", but this is the best chance to old locomotive has had in 60 years. We will be signing a contact with the City, sometime in the next week. The contract calls for sale of the locomotive, payment for the locomotive within those two years, and an additional year in which to move it.
I want to first say, "thank you" to all of you who wrote emails. They were mentioned during discussion. If you ever wondered about the value, allow me to say, "Yes, emails make a difference", at least they did tonight.
Of course, with a turn in the batter's box, it is absolutely essential we make it round to home plate. We're not counting on home runs with which to accomplish this. Base hits will get us there, and we won't reject bases on walks, either. Metaphorically, I'm trying to state that a single big donor would be welcomed, cheered, applauded. I think it's far more practical to count on many players coming to bat and doing their best to come out ahead.
Please visit us online at http://www.newenglandsteam.org,
on Facebook, and especially Indiegogo. All cash donations are welcome, but so are tools, parts, or memorabilia regarding 470 and her "late sisters". Corporations, private companies, any organizations wishing to help us reach our goal, please get in contact with us.
Help us make a real Cinderella story for 470, producing real cinders!
The real work begins tonight.