An estimated $1.4 million is required to finish the restoration of #3713. As part of a renewed agreement with the National Park Service signed in 2016, Project3713 via the “America’s LocomotiveTM”” campaign has taken on the task of raising $750,000 of the remaining cost. The balance will be provided by the National Park Service. As of early January 2017, Project3713 has raised $250,000.
The decision to pursue the restoration of #3713 was made in 1995. Significant time and resources have been committed to the project since then. Much work has been accomplished and materials have been purchased to renew worn elements of the locomotive. In late 2013 Project 3713 began the “America’s LocomotiveTM“ campaign to raise the funding required to return the Boston & Maine #3713 to the rails.
Steam locomotive restorations are difficult and complex, which makes predicting an exact completion date difficult. It is the desire of all parties to have the locomotive in service during 2019, should funding and mechanical realities allow. This is an ambitious goal, but one that is attainable with sufficient funding.
After more than 50 years in retirement, “The Constitution” will return to passenger service thanks to the financial support of individuals and corporations who share an appreciation for the rich history of American railroads.
Why “America’s LocomotiveTM”? This fine example of American industrial might was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio. She hauled passenger trains around northern New England for almost 25 years, including troop trains that were vital to the WWII effort. Now, as part of the collection at Steamtown National Historic Site, she will be the largest steam locomotive ever operated by the National Park Service. She truly belongs to the American people. #3713 will be a rolling tribute to the labor, science and can-do spirit of the United States in the 20th Century.
The logo combines the American flag with a font reminiscent of the gold and red “speed lettering” worn by #3713 in her later years on the B&M.