WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On June 1954, the last steam engine hauled passengers through Maine. More than 800 people turned out for the ride which went from Portland to Bangor and back again.
The steam engine was number 470, which for more than sixty years has been sitting in Waterville. Now a group known as the New England Steam Corporation is working to restore the engine, which is the largest in New England.
“It’s final repose will be the Down East Scenic Railroad out of Washington Junction in Hancock Maine,” said Richard Gleuck who is President of the group. “It will operate regularly during the summers”
However, before that can happen, it has to be taken apart and moved Downeast.
“We move at the speed of money,” quipped Chief Mechanical Officer Leverett Fernald.
The group continues to work as it raises the money needed to complete the restoration which could take ten years.
New England Steam Corporation, Richard Gleuck, Waterville, Leverett Fernald