The "470" Railroad Club was established in 1954 to commemorate the last run of a steam locomotive, No. 470, in passenger service on the Maine Central Railroad. Based in the Portland Maine area, it is incorporated in the State of Maine as a not-for-profit historical and educational association, and is certified as such by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
The "470" Railroad Club owns and maintains a collection of historic locomotives and cars which are displayed at the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, New Hampshire. The club has an extensive collection of photo negatives and color transparencies covering Northern New England railroads, past and present.
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Beautiful print of a painting done by Bob MacDonald of Union Station in Portland Maine as it might have looked 60 years ago. This lovely 8 ½" x 11" print is suitable for framing and can be ordered directly from the 470 Railroad Club for only $5.00 (Order Form). Click on the image to the right for a larger view of the print, use your browser's BACK button to return here.
We are offering a new DVD entitled "Maine Central 1974-1984". This DVD has been compiled from standard 8 color movie film with simultaneously recorded audio, and from super 8 sound movies. The scenes were photographed by Neils and Ron Johnson during the pre-Guilford years of the Maine Central Railroad, and cover all classes of diesel locomotives. Virtually the entire system has been included; main line freight trains, Portland Terminal ALCOs along Commercial Street, and branch lines from Beecher Falls to Bingham to Bucksport. See and hear double-headed RS2s and RS3s in full throttle on the Calais line, a 44-tonner making its way to Eastport, and U18Bs as they struggle up through Crawford Notch! To order, send a check for $25.00 plus $5.00 postage and handling to Ron Johnson, 662 Highland Avenue, South Portland ME 04106. Maine residents please add 5% sales tax!
March 2008: We are currently temporarily unable to fill orders for Prints from our Negative Collection. Please watch this space for an announcement when we are able to resume taking orders. In the meantime, lists of negatives in the collection are still available as described below. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope to be able soon to again offer these fine prints for sale.
The 470 Railroad Club has a collection of over 10,000 negatives of railroad subjects. They are primarily pictures of New England States railroads, and a small number from other parts of the U.S. and Canada. The time frame covered by the collection ranges from the 1890s right through the 1960s with a few in the 70s and 80s. All the pictures have been listed in a computer database, with a description identifying the subject and the date and location of the photographs where it is known.
The collection has been divided into
basic categories: Steam Locomotives, Diesel Locomotives, Structures and
Equipment. Structures includes stations, bridges, towers, etc. while
to passenger and freight cars and work equipment. Within these categories,
the negatives have been listed by railroad. See following inventory of
If you would be interested in purchasing prints of any of these negatives, you may request a detailed printout from our database of the negatives available for the specific railroads and categories, for example, Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Steam Locomotives. The printout will list the negatives available, with all the information we know about them, and will show the negative number we have assigned to each one. You may then request one of more prints by negative number.
To cover postage and printing please remit:
- Railroads with 300 or more negatives -$2.00 per railroad negative list.
- Railroads with under 300 negatives, you may combine up to 20 railroad negative lists for $2.00
If you desire a complete inventory of all railroad negative lists, please remit $15.00.
- Black and white prints of negatives in the collection will be available as follows:
5 x 7- $6.00 each; 8 x 10- $13.00 each; plus postage and handling of $3.00 per order.
To request a printout of the negatives available by category, write to:
470 Railroad Club Negatives, P. 0. Box 641, Portland, ME 04101.
Click on the Photo Negatives link for a listing.
Our December membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 1900. The program will be a video of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad in the mid 1990's.
Our January membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1900. The program will feature a slide presentation by club Vice President Len Bachelder on electric transit systems in the 1960's and early 1970's in major cities in the US and Canada.
Our February membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1900. The program is to be announced. This meeting is also our annual business meeting where election of officers and trustees will take place.
All trustee and membership meetings are held at 75 State Street, Portland, ME (directions follow), unless otherwise noted.
If the schools are closed due to inclement weather, the membership meetings will be canceled also. Tune to Channel 6 (Portland) for updates.
Directions to our Meeting Place
From Interstate 295: Take Exit 6. Bear to the right at the first traffic signal, this is State Street. Follow State Street through four traffic lights. After the fourth light will be the intersection with Gray Street. 75 State Street is just after the corner of State and Gray Streets.
From Outer Portland and Westbrook: Follow Forest Ave (Route 302) to the intersection of Marginal Way / State Street. Follow the directions as above.
From South Portland: Cross the Casco Bay Bridge. At the second traffic signal, take a left onto High Street. At the second signal, take a left on Spring Street. At the next signal, take a left on State Street. 75 State Street is just after the intersection of State Street and Gray Street.
Upcoming Trustee Meetings
All meetings are at 75 State Street in Portland.
January 3, 2018 @ 1900
February 7, 2018 @ 1900
September 2018: Join us for the Cumberland Fair.
October 2018: Annual Crawford Notch Trip on the Conway Scenic Railroad.
Meetings: The third Wednesday of each month.
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