Maine's last operating steam engine

Feb 03, 2014

Owls Head — On Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. members of the New England Steam Corporation will discuss the history, retirement and restoration of Maine Central Railroad’s last operating steam engine, Number 470 at Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Referring to 470 as The Mascot of Maine, the presentation will include details of the group’s plans to restore steam rail operations in Maine.

An interesting and, as many argue, long overdue effort has been launched in Waterville to save the historic steam locomotive. A group of volunteers is gearing up to remove the largest steam locomotive in New England from the display site in Waterville where it has sat for nearly six decades. The group recently organized into the New England Steam Corporation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. They have begun the task of restoring ex-Maine Central Railroad 470, a 4-6-2 Pacific class passenger locomotive, to operation.

Join members of the New England Steam Corporation as they detail this effort and their plans for the future of the historic locomotive.

On Saturday, Feb. 22 the Winter Education Series will continue with a presentation titled "You Can’t Get There From Here.” Historian George Barrett will explore the evolution of roads, ferries and bridges in Maine beginning in the early 1900s. Points of interest will include the exploration of early transportation challenges such as river crossings before bridges and long distance travel over less than adequate road surfaces.

Typically running for approximately 90 minutes, Winter Education Series presenters cover a diverse range of transportation and historic topics. These afternoon events are free to the public.

For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418 or by email at

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