Sunday, June 16, 2024

History of the Flying Yankee by Bob Kotsonis at the May 15th Membership Meeting of the 470 Railroad Club


   Bob Kotsonis, Treasurer of the Flying Yankee Association, will review the modern history of the Flying Yankee. He will discuss the attempts made by multiple groups to restore and operate it. He will review the current status and condition of the train and the Flying Yankee Association's work to convince the State of New Hampshire to transfer ownership. Bob is a lifelong resident of Maine and New Hampshire, and he is a retired healthcare executive. He has a keen interest in the history of New England railroads, which led him to work with others to restart the restoration of the Flying Yankee. Bob played a central role in the State discussions and planning the strategy for the Flying Yankee's future.

History of the Flying Yankee

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More Metal Work on 1741 June 16-17

 Ryan Fothergill continued replacing rotted angle and channel iron this weekend on 1741. As you can see from the photos a large section of the outer frame was replaced due to rotting out from battery acid and salt over the years. Work will continue over the next month to finish reinstalling panels and finish the front end.

Submitted by Cory Fothergill 

Monday, June 10, 2024

June 8 Work on Replacing the Front End on 1741


On Saturday Wayne Allen assisted Ryan Fothergill in continuing replacing the front end on the 1741. Several feet of the frame sill will be cut and replaced on the foreman’s side. All angle iron and sheet metal surrounding the battery box compartments will be replaced due to years of corrosion from batteries leaking and salt being used on walkways. More for another week.


Monday, June 3, 2024

June 1-2 updates on all three 470 Locomotives at Conway Scenic Railroad


This weekend all 3 470 club locomotives received attention. 

4268 had cylinder 9 and 11 removed. Both pistons had broken rings and lower compression. This contributed to higher oil consumption and some extra smoke out of the rear stack on the locomotive. A new power assembly head was installed on 9 and 11 had a new one installed last year. Once back together the 4268 engine is better than ever. A radiator will still need to be replaced in the coming weeks to put it into operation. 

4266 received some valve lash assemblies replaced that were froze up. Both units ran outside for over an hour and charged their batteries. 

Ryan continued removing rotted metal from 1741. At this point, part of the front frame sill on the fireman’s side is too heavily rotted from batteries leaking and road salt over the years. The frame sill will be removed and replaced. Angle iron has been cut to reinstall the battery box once that is done. More for another week! 

Friday, May 24, 2024

August 17th Touch-A-Train Event presented by New England Steam and Downeast Scenic Railroad

 Join New England Steam Corporation and the Downeast Scenic Railroad for our annual Touch-A-Train event on Saturday, August 17, 2024!

From 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, attendance at Washington Junction Yard is FREE for all ages! Visitors can take a ride in a caboose, ride in a railroad speeder car, blow a real steam train whistle, or ring a real locomotive bell. Explore an active railyard, climb in the cab of a working diesel locomotive, and check out the rest of Downeast Scenic’s historic railroad equipment, all of which will be on display for this event! Visitors can also tour New England Steam’s restoration shop and see the progress on Maine Central steam locomotive #470, the largest surviving steam locomotive in New England.

At 10:30 AM, the Downeast Scenic’s excursion train will depart from the adjacent Washington Junction station. This midday excursion covers 8 miles round trip for a 1 hour experience. Train tickets for the day are $2.00 off regular prices!

At 1:30 PM, the Downeast Scenic’s excursion train will depart from the adjacent Washington Junction station. This excursion covers 12 miles round trip for a 1 hour and 45 minute experience. Book your tickets today at

Monday, May 20, 2024

May 18-19 work on 1741 battery box and 4268 cylinders

Ryan Fothergill worked on removing rotted battery box compartments on the fireman’s side of 1741. The metal is so rotted it will need to be replaced from the frame up, material has been ordered to complete the task. 

Wayne Allen and Cory Fothergill worked on 4268. Two cylinders on the rear stack have had lower compression since we put the locomotive back in service . Cylinder 9 and 11 were both pulled apart and are undergoing repair. Cylinder 9 had a broken ring and very worn rings however the liner looks to be in great shape. 

Sunday, May 5, 2024

50th Anniversary Booklet of the 470 Railroad Club 1954-2004

 With thanks to Eric Grover, here is the 50th Anniversary Booklet of the 470 Railroad Club. It covers the years 1954 to 2004 including the details of the clubs many excursions including both where they went and the makeup of the trains.

50th Anniversary Booklet 1954 to 2004