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Rail Equipment

The Downeast Scenic Rail is accruing an excellent collection of rail equipment, some of which is in use, and some of which is being restored at Washington Junction.


Maine Central Railroad Russell Snow Plow #82

The Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. has been presented with a rare opportunity to preserve a true piece of Maine’s railroading heritage. The Russell Snow Plow Maine Central Railroad #82 has been offered to the Trust as a donation by CSX Transportation, saving it from the scrap yard.

The plow, built in 1952 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, would have been in service over many years on our line, the former Calais Branch of the Maine Central Railroad, operating from Northern Maine Junction and plowing the tracks 126 miles to Calais and back. #82 was last operated by Pan Am Railway in March of 2018 on the Bucksport Branch, and the unit is still serviceable. It has, however, suffered minor vandalism sitting on remote tracks at Northern Maine Junction and is in need of exterior painting and lettering.

It is our intention to restore the exterior of #82 to its original 1952 condition in the near term and to restore the interior, including mechanical controls, at a later date to allow visitors to see how these incredible machines of the 20th century operated.

Moving this plow has been a huge undertaking with a high price tag. Please help us return #82 to its home rails and preserve it for future generations. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

Engine 54

Engine #54 is a 1948 70 ton General Electric locomotive that was purchased from the Belfast and Moosehead Railroad in Unity. Our vintage 1948 work engine rides the rails.

Caboose 2608

Engine 1055

Engine 1055 is a 1950 ALCO Sw4 1000hp engine purchased from the Conway Scenic Railroad in 2010.

Engine 53

Engine 53 is a Davenport that originally was used on the ore docks of Minnesota.

Engine 53 in the yard

Passenger Coaches

All passenger coaches were fully renovated by the volunteers of the Downeast Scenic Railroad. Coach 123 is a former Delaware Lackawanna & Western coach that was used in commuter service in the New York City area in the early 1900’s.

Maintenance Of Way

The Downeast Scenic Railroad Maintenance of way equipment.