Steamtown Gets Firebox for B&M 3713

Steamtown National Historic Site said this week that it has taken delivery of a new firebox that will be installed in Boston & Maine 4-6-2 No. 3713.

The firebox was built by the Strasburg Rail Road for about $148,600. It took a year to construct.

The National Park Service said restoration of No. 3713 to operating condition will cost $1.5 million.

Half of that funding is coming from the federal government and the other half is being raised by Project 3713, a nonprofit support group.

When the 3713 will be able operate will hinge on funding and staffing.

No. 3713 was one of five Pacific-type locomotives built in 1934 for the B&M by Lima for passenger service.

Retired 1956, the 3713 was purchased by F. Nelson Blount for his Steamtown collection.

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