The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is pleased to announce it has received a $5,500 grant from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation for the project, “Preserving a Historic Treasure – The Restoration of Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive No. 7.” Built in 1913 by Baldwin Locomotive Works, it is one of two surviving Baldwin-built steam locomotives that once operated on Maine’s extensive network of two-foot gauge railroads. Since 2008, the locomotive has undergone restoration including the boiler (75% complete), rear tank (95% complete) and cab (30% complete). The museum has already committed $156,000 in grants and donations to the restoration. The projected is slated for completion in 2015. Once restored, B&SR No.7 will be the largest operating two-foot gauge steam locomotive in the United States.
The Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. was established through an endowment by Tom Dailey, a senior executive in the payment processing industry for nearly 30 years. The Foundation was created as a way to to support specific causes which are close to his heart and to share the blessings he has received. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is honored to be awarded a grant in support of railroad heritage from the Foundation.