As August comes to a close and Railfest weekend approaches at the Steamtown National Historic Site on September 3 & 4, 2016, there’s quite a bit of news on the restoration of Boston & Maine #3713.
<strong>Fundraising & Raffle
In early August, Project3713 was notified that we were the recipient of a $9,000 matching grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust. Our supporters have been very generous this year, and your help will continue to be an essential part of completing the restoration as we match this grant and raise additional funds.
If you are one of the many who have purchased tickets for our benefit raffle (which includes the grand prize O-scale brass model of #3713 donated by Weaver Models) Sunday September 4th is the big day. The winners will be drawn at the Moscow train station.
Still need tickets? They will be on sale at the Moscow depot Saturday and Sunday. That’s a great reason to ride the Railfest excursion from Steamtown to Moscow. Enjoy the trip and get your raffle tickets!
In the Scranton shop, work has been focused on the boiler with both the side patch and steam dome getting attention. If you follow us on Facebook you’ve already seen the video of the riveting process on the steam dome and an new video was posted today (August 31, 2016) of the final rivet being driven in the boiler liner. News from the shop tends to be posted to Facebook first as it happens. You can find us at: http://www.Facebook.com/Project3713
<strong>Railfest & La Festa Italiana Weekend
Project3713 will have a table at Railfest and we hope you will come by to see us. It is always rewarding to meet our supporters. Of course, the locomotive will be visible in the shop the whole weekend. One of the most interesting things about this restoration is that the work is being done where visitors can observe the progress. #3713 is not tucked away, hidden from view. We welcome you to get an up close look at her during your next visit. Don’t forget the incredible La Festa Italiana is happening in downtown Scranton on the same days at Railfest. It is a wonderful time to visit the Electric City.
There’s a lot of work ahead. With major appliances out for contracted repairs, the rest of the boiler work, running gear, engine truck, trailing truck/booster, cab and tender are still in line for rehabilitation. With another $500,000 to raise towards our ultimate goal of $750,000, Project3713 will be busy fundraising while our partners, the professionals at Steamtown and their contractors, continue to work on the locomotive.
The easiest way to support Project3713 is with an online donation via PayPal on our website. The website also has information about commemorative plaques and other ways to support the restoration.
If you notice that our website is a bit slow, you are not alone! We are changing hosts and will be back on the fast track soon.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day. We hope to see you in Scranton!
Editor’s Note: When this article was first posted, the amount of the grant was erroneously stated as $10,000.