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Maine Central #470

Over the years Pacific #470 has added a few miles just by being moved around Waterville Yard, in and out of display view. These photos range from 1962 to 2006.

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Across from the station, with the former Colby College campus in the background.

1 Oct 1962

 

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During the early 1960's realignment of tracks and the construction of the Main Street underpass, #470 was moved to a place near the Shops in the middle of the yard,

23 Oct 1964

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Near Waterville Shop

14 Nov 1964

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Still near the Shop.

29 Jan 1966

 

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The plaque commemorating her history.

29 Jan 1966

 

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Back on display just south of Tower A. With the smoke from the Keyes Fiber plant across the Kennebec River, she almost looks like her steam is up. Wishful thinking, I guess.

1 Dec 1974

 

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Repainted with her original herald, she silently watches locos from a whole new era of MEC history.

13 Nov 1989

 

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13 Nov 1989 
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On a very dreary day in 2006, I found #470 still on display near Tower A.

10 Jun 2006

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Ten years later I was back in Waterville with my long-time railfan cohort The Q (right). The Q had arranged to meet Bill Alexander (left), one of the members of the group working to restore #470 to operation condition. Work had already begun on dismantling the locomotive and tender enough for transport to Washington Junction, near Ellsworth, ME.

30 May 2016

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The group behind the restoration is the New England Steam Corporation (NESC), which bought the locomotive from the city of Waterville a couple of years ago. They expect the restoration to proceed at the speed of fund-raising, estimating that it will take about $1.3 million and ten years to accomplish the task.

You can learn more about NESC here.