Project3713 is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society dedicated to the full restoration of Boston & Maine #3713 at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA.
In 2016, it was estimated that $1.4 million would be required to finish the restoration of #3713. Project3713 has taken on the task of raising $750,000 of these cost. The balance will be provided by the National Park Service.
As of January 1, 2019 Project3713 has raised over $400,000 towards the $750,000 commitment.
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 in 2021, 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.