Waterville seeks $1 million to restore rusting steam locomotive

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, at 8:47 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Waterville city officials want to restore a historic steam locomotive that sits slowly rusting in town, but can’t afford the $1 million price tag.

So the city is trying to either sell it or find someone willing to pay for repairs.

City Manager Michael Roy told the Morning Sentinel the locomotive is “an important part of the city’s past.”

It was the last steam engine used for passenger service on the Maine Central Railroad, making its final trip in June 1954. Built in 1924, it was a gift to the city in 1962.

Parks and Recreation Director Matt Skehan is helping advertise and coordinate the sale or restoration. The city sent requests for proposals with an Oct. 5 deadline. So far, he has received no written proposals.

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