- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - With help from engineering and mechanic experts, volunteers started the process of dismantling the largest surviving steam locomotive in New England as part of its eventual restoration.

Monday was the first of a three-day project to disassemble and move the Old 470 from its present location on College Avenue in Waterville to its new home at Washington Junction in Ellsworth.

The locomotive, built in 1924, will be restored to its original state by the New England Steam Corporation. The non-working train has sat dormant for 60 years in Waterville.

NESC volunteers helped remove the Old 470’s 41-ton boiler from its frame on Monday.

NESC president Richard Glueck says restoring the locomotive to working condition would cost around $1.3 million. The restoration is expected to take about a decade to complete.

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