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Thread: Trying to get the word out. MEC #470 needs your help!

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    Default Trying to get the word out. MEC #470 needs your help!

    New England Steam Corporation

    Hi, I am not a representative of them. Nor have they asked me to help. Yet I would like to get the word out about a locomotive we would like to see restored.

    Ok, I will confess, Maine needs to have a full size locomotive.

    The organization has 47 days left on its fundraising (according to the link). Eventually they will need 1.5 million for a full restore.

    So follow this link. They are a non profit, so it is a tax write off.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-e ... orporation
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    An update from the president of the New England Steam Corporation (email).

    Friends!

    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.

    Dick
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    This from the president on the New England Steam Corporation

    The Maine Eastern Railroad has partnered with the non-profit New England Steam Corporation to offer a public Touch-a-Train open house event on Saturday, April 12, 2014, as a fundraiser for the restoration of Maine Central steam locomotive #470.

    Held at the Maine Easternís roundhouse in Rockland, ME, the Touch-a-Train event will be a rare opportunity for the public to visit a working railroad maintenance facility. The event is family-oriented, and children are encouraged to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of American railroading. Visitors may climb aboard and explore the cab and engine room of a -vintage FL9 diesel locomotive (built in 1957), recline in the comfortable seats of a 1940s Maine Eastern passenger coach, and learn about railroad snow removal operations while standing inside the Maine Easternís 1946-vintage snowplow.

    Visitors will also be able to explore the Maine Easternís operating turntable, built in 1921, and the 1922-vintage wooden roundhouse. The railroadís dining car will also be on site, selling beverages and snacks as visitors walk through.

    The event coincides with the Maine Rail Groupís first annual Maine Rail Fair, being held on the same date at the nearby Owls Head Transportation Museum. Visitors are encouraged to visit both events and experience all aspects of Maine railroading.

    Admission to the Touch-a-Train event will be free. However, the non-profit New England Steam Corporation will be collecting donations towards the restoration of Maine Central steam locomotive #470. The locomotive, currently on display in Waterville, ME, will be operated on the Downeast Scenic Railroad after restoration is completed and will have the opportunity to operate on the Maine Eastern, as well. Any and all donations, no matter how small, can make a difference in the speed and success of #470ís restoration.

    For more information about the New England Steam Corporation and its mission to revitalize #470 and steam railroading in Maine, please visit www.newenglandsteam.org or contact the organization at newenglandsteamcorp@gmail.com.
    Trying to find work to pay for projects, sigh.
    Equipment Owned: Enco 12x36 Geared Lathe
    Working on 1952 John Deere 60 (my new people mover)
    Wanted: Half size steam tractor.

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