Railway Museum holding program on restoring an 1895 Maine steam locomotive

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BOOTHBAY — On Saturday April 10, at 1:30 p.m., the Boothbay Railway Village will host its fifth in a series of speaker programs. Admission is free to all for this most interesting discussion entitled “Restoring an 1895 Maine steam locomotive”.

In 1895 the S. D. Warren Paper Company in Westbrook purchased a two-foot gauge Baldwin steam locomotive for use in its industrial site. This locomotive has served as the museum’s iconic sign embellishment for decades. Currently in mid-restoration, the goal is too bring this unusual piece of Maine history back to full operating condition.

The presentation will discuss the history of the locomotive and its use at the S. D. Warren Paper Co. and the unique process of restoring this artifact. In addition to rehabilitating the cab and running gear of the engine, the museum will have to fabricate a boiler from scratch. This is possible because the Boothbay Railway Village is fully certified to fabricate and repair historic boilers.

The presentation will include images of the locomotive and restoration process, with an active question and answer period at the end of the talk.

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At the conclusion of the talk, there will be a brief tour of our Restoration Shop and a viewing of the locomotive in its current state.

For more information please contact the Boothbay Railway Village at 633-4727 Route 27, Boothbay, or go to www.railwayvillage.org.

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