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Staff photo / DAVID LEAMING The 470 locomotive in Waterville on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO The 470 steam locomotive makes it way to the old College Avenue crossing during its last run in front of 2,000 spectators on Sunday June 13, 1954 in Waterville.
If the city of Waterville entrusts the locomotive to us, 470 will be in no danger of being scrapped. Our business plan puts aside money to bring the locomotive back to Waterville, should it become evident our mission cannot be accomplished.
During Phase 1 of the project, the locomotive will remain where it is until funds are in place to insure it, abate the toxins and move it. The fence is in place to help prevent accidental injuries while money is being raised.
Maine Central 470 is very much loved, not just in Waterville, but by people all over Maine and New England. People want to see the locomotive returned to service by Mainers, in Maine, for the benefit of Mainers. Our goal is to restore 470 to operation before its 100th birthday, in 2024. New England Steam Corp. believes we can meet that challenge. We already have the expertise to make it happen. We are doing it to preserve this treasure of railroading history, and for that reason alone.
An archive of information on 470’s past is being created. We are seeking any and all photographs of its last run, and any steam-era artifacts that might have come from 470’s contemporaries. Visit our website at www.newenglandsteam.org, or join us on Facebook. If Waterville entrusts 470 to us, we will strive to make the city proud of that investment. We are Mainers; we can do this together.Richard Glueck is president of the New England Steam Corp., writing on behalf of the board .