Touch-A-Train on June 11th in Ellsworth
New England Steam Corporation‘s “Touch-A-Train 2016” will be held in Ellsworth at the Washington Junction rail yard of the Downeast Scenic Railroad on Saturday, June 11th from 9 AM to Noon. This is a day for kids, grandparents, and parents to satisfy their inner train craving!
- Sit in a real diesel locomotive cab!
- Ride the caboose hop!
- Receive discounted fares for the Downeast Scenic Railroad afternoon train ride!
- Eat desserts from Governor’s Restaurant!
- Ring Maine Central #470’s bell and hear the whistle blow!
- Support the restoration of Maine Central #470 to operation!
There is free admission and plenty of free parking!
New England Steam Corporation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and operation of Maine Central Railroad #470.
Maine Central #470 is a 4-6-2 “Pacific”-type locomotive, built in May of 1924 by the American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, New York. She pulled passenger trains for thirty years, including trains like The Gull, The Bar Harbor Express, and the Kennebec Limited between Boston and Bangor.
On June 13, 1954, #470 was the last steam locomotive operated by Maine Central Railroad, making a publicized run from Portland to Bangor and back. Several days later, she was put on display in Waterville.
Last year, New England Steam Corporation purchased the 470 from the City of Waterville, and they are preparing to move her to Ellsworth later this year. Then, work to restore her to operating condition will commence.