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

Monday, April 29, 2024

Weekend Work on 1741 and 4266/4268


Today crews continued work on 1741 and the 4268/4266 got some attention as well. Ryan Fothergill conducted welding on the front pilots on 1741 to make her street legal. Eric Grover worked on finished a dash plate and removal of Guilford lettering for use before it gets painted down the road. Eric Penza helped in removing the sub floor and about a ton of sand and rust from the short hood of the locomotive. Wayne Allen replaced a failed engine protector on 4266. Eric Grover fixed the conductors seat in 4266 as well. Cory Fothergill mounted electric cab heaters in 1741 . The video is 1741 performing run testing on the 3.2% grade leading into the North Conway station. After a few runs she was cleaned out and performing as intended. Very strong GP9.

                                                           1741 video on April 28, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Resolution of Ground Relay Issue on GP-9 1741

Today an ongoing ground relay issue was resolved in 1741. Mark Gray assisted with Cory Fothergill and Wayne Allen fixed an issue by hi-potential testing the electrical system on 1741. All traction motors tested fine, and the main generator was cleared of issues by correcting a terminal stud that had become no longer insulated. That being said 1741 is fit for service mechanically and electrically. The transition system was tested and will be tested in the field down the road. Ryan Fothergill continued to repair damaged foot boards on the locomotive and Jim Hamlin helped remove rusted out metal for work to continue.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Conway Scenic Railroad early operations, Railfan's Days and Steam doubleheaders by Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson, who was hired by the Conway Scenic Railroad in 1974 to be the official painter and letterer of buildings and equipment on the property in North Conway, will present a program of digital slides and sound movies of early operations plus Railfan's Days and steam doubleheaders covering the 10 years he worked for the railroad.  He lived in his ex-GT caboose (with a piano to play railroad tunes).  He painted the station twice single-handedly.  He has many insights to share about Dwight Smith's vision and how the weedy yard and decrepit infrastructure was transformed into the vibrant tourist railroad it is today.  He also would appreciate other contributions to this program from the mid-1980's on to the present.  He can be contacted at  

The video will start with a blank screen.  Click on the video progress bar at the bottom of the screen and drag it right to a time of 17 minutes where the video starts 

Monday, April 15, 2024

April 13-14 Work Session on GP-9 1741

 This weekend Cory Fothergill and Wayne Allen did some more work on 1741. The rear mu was reconnected and reinstalled after the stand needed replacement . More cleaning in the electrical cabinet and inspections conducted . Finally a bent hand rail, and a GP7 style handrail were replaced on the front of 1741. You will note the green and yellow paint on the replacement parts. Yes, GP9 1757 scrapped several years back is still providing parts to restore our locomotives. Have a good week!