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Steamtown Gets Firebox for B&M 3713

October 24, 2019

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.

Rare Mileage Excursion set on R&N

March 2, 2018

An excursion to benefit steam locomotive restoration will run on May 5 on the Reading & Northern Railroad.

The Onieda Flyer will cover sections of the former Reading and Lehigh Valley railroads in a 96-mile round trip, traversing some segments that have not hosted a passenger train in more than 50 years.

The excursion train will leave R&N’s Port Clinton headquarters at 10 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.

Trip sponsor Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society said proceeds will benefit restoration of Boston & Main 4-6-2 No. 3713 in partnership with Steamtown National Historic Site.

The chapter wants to raise $225,000 this year for the restoration efforts. No. 3713 is set to return to service at Steamtown in 2020, after 62 years on static display.

Among the branches to be covered during the excursion are the former Reading Company Little Schuylkill and Catawissa branches, and parts of the Lehigh Valley’s New Boston and Hazleton branches via Onieda and Morea junctions.

Motive power will be two of R&N’s recently acquired MP15 diesel switcher locomotives, painted in a Reading-inspired green and yellow scheme. Three photo runbys are planned.

Tickets are $99 for adults and $69 for kids 12 and under. A Subway boxed lunch can be ordered as an option.

More information and tickets are available at, or contact excursion co-chairperson Norm Barrett at 570-575-5320 or email him at

NKP 765 Trips to Fund Locomotive Restoration

June 30, 2015

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 will team up with the Steamtown National Historic Site, Norfolk Southern and the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Historical Society to raise money for the restoration of another Lima-built steam locomotive.

Proceeds from the Sept. 12 and 13 trips behind Nickel Plate Berkshire Scranton to Binghamton, New York, and return will benefit the restoration of Boston & Maine No. 3713, a 4-6-2 in the Steamtown collection.

The excursions are also being used to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tunkhannock Viaduct. For ticket information, go to