Wednesday, June 12, 2019

First work session of the year

Hi everyone, the Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society had it's first full work session today at the Roundhouse in Bartlett. N.H. Doug Andrew came up and did a fantastic job mowing the grounds, weed wacking, and cutting small trees along the new driveway. I organized some piles of lumber left by previous contractors and swept out the dust, dirt, and leaves from the floor. I had a nice lunch at Cabin Fever across the tracks and climbed up onto the roof of the snowplow to inspect the cupola. The cupola is not fairing well and will need help before the end of the season. Our next work date will be on Sunday, June 30th when I intend to begin working on the cupola of the snowplow. I am asking anyone who wishes to join our group and has some carpentry skills to please feel free to do so. Things got wrapped up in time at the roundhouse for me to stop and take pictures of the Conway Scenic Railroad's Valley train as it pulled into town. I got some nice pics of my friend Bill Willis, without him my Christmas tree would be ornament-less. I also stopped by the river bank in Glen and lensed the return train as it passed through the bridge. Walking back to the car I picked up some fresh apple cider, and then had a nice visit and dinner with Scotty Mallett capping off a very pleasant end to a very productive day.

Cam Sargent~President BRHPS

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A look back at the year and Pete Davis retires.

Looking back at 2018 was quite an eye-opener. We accomplished a great deal during that time. In particular, we saw great progress on our restoration process with the inclusion of a grant from the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) organization which, coupled with a matching grant from the State of New Hampshire, allowed us to contract with Gordon T Burke and Sons to continue the restoration work on the sides of stalls one, two, and four, and the backs of stalls three and four. The grant money came in later than expected, but Burke was able to redo the side of stall one, retaining much of the existing siding while repairing sills along the rear area where the extension had been done. Much of the wood at the bottom was rotted and replaced. They also replaced the old plywood in the windows and repaired damage to the sills to allow installation of plywood sheets held in by molding to secure the structure from the weather. Our driveway, which had been in the works for a few years, was put in and a gate onto Route 302 installed and protected by a locked chain. Work was not quite done on the side of stall four when the weather precluded doing anything until spring (I am told by Brian Lombard, who, while retired from the NH DOT, is still working with us to get this part of the project completed). The cost of materials went up from the time we requested the grants until the work started, so we are going to have to reduce the amount of work done, concentrating the remainder of our current efforts on securing the rear side of stall two. The plywood in place on the backs of stalls three and four is is good enough shape to hold until we can move on to developing and reconstructing the machine shop against that wall.
We developed a plan for the entire complex, breaking the restoration down into smaller projects to allow us to bring the complete building back and to effect the transition of some initial displays to be in keeping with our plan to create a functioning museum on the site. This will include adding electrical service to the building (could possibly go under the Mountain Division tracks rather than overhead), to either add water and toilets to the facility or put in State Park style outdoor toilets in keeping with the typical State of New Hampshire state facility toilets. We also will look at having a complete historical archaeological survey done of the property to allow us to put in a walking trail with signage that will allow visitors to take short walks to sites on the property where various facilities once stood.
On the building itself, we need to complete the restoration of the side of stall two (we have received an additional $2000 grant from the Mass Bay RRE group to help with this), to do a building plan with an architect to allow reconstruction of the machine shop and office structures, keeping them consistent with the structures that were originally there, and to repair the front main doors, one of which needs a new bottom stile (the bottom part of the door…a tenon which went between it and the vertical rail of the door is sheared off and needs to be replaced). We need to add tracks back into stall one to allow movement of our display railroad equipment to be moved inside for restoration and to keep further deterioration from happening.
There are windows at the tops of the front doors which need to be replaced to allow light into the building. And, we need to develop a parking plan for visitors around the front of the structure with handicap access included.
In conclusion, I want to express my sincere thanks to all of the Board members, society members, and support organizations for their interest and participation in the process of bringing this wonderful structure back to life. I have had a great few years as your chief but feel that I have reached the age in my life where I want to move the process of my retiring from public service forward. I feel that younger minds and hearts need to have the chance to step up and provide the energy and passion necessary to keep the ball rolling, and so I step down.
As your outgoing President, I know we could not have achieved this without all of you being involved. Special thanks go out to Jill Edelman of the NH DOT. Brian Lombard, now retired from the NH DOT, our liaison with the construction companies, and George Born of LCHIP for their support and assistance in making this all happen. It is my intention to not only step down as President at this time but to also withdraw from active participation in the E Board to allow the new Vice President, if he is not a Board Member currently, to become one. I plan to continue with the Society as an advisor and as the Grant Writer so that we can assure access to future funding to achieve our goals.
Good fortune to you all!
Pete Davis
Retiring President
BRHPS

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Albert R. Webb Awards Bartlett Roundhouse 2,000.00

WW&F receives 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award The Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (“Mass Bay RRE”) has announced that the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine, is the recipient of the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. This $10,000 grant will enable the WW&F to purchase track materials and services needed to complete the Museum’s ambitious “Mountain Extension” project. “The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum is ecstatic with the interest that the Mountain Extension has received from the entire heritage railway community, and we thank the Mass Bay RRE, and Leigh Webb in particular, for their support of this project. The continued restoration of the WW&F Railway would not be possible without the enthusiasm and excitement among railroad preservationists. We appreciate the long-time support from the Mass Bay RRE which directly fuels the motivation, interest and progress of our volunteers,” said Dave Buczkowski, President of the WW&F “The $10,000 grant will greatly aid our push to extend the railway across Trout Brook to Route 218!” While the railroad has been consistently extended since the Museum was founded, the Mountain Extension Project is particularly challenging. The Project is a multi-year effort to re-lay track on three-quarters of a mile of the original WW&F Railway's grade, a scenic descent of a mountainside that brings the railway to the former Boston & Maine Railroad Howe pony truss bridge, installed by the museum over Trout Brook in 2018, and beyond to a new station adjacent to Maine Route 218. Last fall museum volunteers laid over 1,900 feet of track over three days, and in October 2019, they intend to lay another 2,000 feet of track. The entire Mountain Extension will be completed and opened for operation in 2021, following construction of a run around track and other facilities adjacent to the Trout Brook Nature Preserve. Once complete, the ride will reach a natural terminus at a major state road with conservation land along either side of the Museum-owned right-of-way. Leigh A. Webb of Franklin, New Hampshire, donor of the award named for his late father, said, “Once again the Mass Bay RRE Award Committee has selected a worthy recipient. The WW&F truly understands the inestimable value of sustaining and recruiting a passionate hands-on volunteer base that also emphasizes the future of all such organizations: getting the young involved. Congratulations, not just for the project that is receiving the Award, but for all the success the WW&F has had, and will continue to have.” Mr. Webb created the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award in 2000 to recognize his father's love for New England railroading. The award aids nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures or information from New England railroads. In the ensuing years the Award has distributed over $160,000 to support worthy railroad preservation projects throughout New England. Mass Bay RRE President David Brown, along with William Crawford, Chair of the Mass Bay RRE Award Committee, announced the 2019 Award to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum on Saturday, January 26, 2019, during the Amherst Railway Society's “Railroad Hobby Show” in West Springfield, Mass., the largest event of its kind in New England. Mr. Brown also announced the ten recipients of grants from the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund, totaling $22,500. Mass Bay RRE Announces Recipients of 2019 Railroad Preservation Grants Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts President David Brown announced the recipients of the 2019 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund grants on Saturday, January 26, 2019, during the Amherst Railway Society's “Railroad Hobby Show” in West Springfield, Mass. This year, the organization, founded in 1934 and known nationally for its rail excursions, is making Preservation Grants totaling $22,500 to ten worthy organizations. Mass Bay RRE established the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund in 2016 to further support worthy projects to preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures, information or artifacts in New England. Grants, generally not exceeding $5000, are awarded annually, funded by the Club's available funds and donations to the fund from members. Each year, Mass Bay RRE is designating its largest Preservation Fund grant or grants as “The Ralph S. Hawkins Memorial Railroad Preservation Grant” to honor and preserve the memory of its dear friend and supporter, Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. Is a Massachusetts non-profit, tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] educational corporation. We have organized railroad excursions since 1934. Visit our website: www.massbayrre.org Ralph Hawkins, who died suddenly early in 2018. For 2019 there are two recipients of the Ralph S. Hawkins Memorial Railroad Preservation Grants: The 470 Railroad Club of Cumberland, Maine, will receive $5,000 toward the restoration to operating condition of Boston & Maine F7A locomotive No. 4268. The 4268, along with sister unit 4266, are survivors from the B&M’s initial purchase of four units from EMD in 1949 and 1950. The two locomotives were purchased by the 470 Railroad Club in the 1980s; 4266 was restored and leased to the Conway Scenic Railroad, where it regularly powers passenger trains. The 4268 has been on static display at the Conway Scenic, lacking necessary operating equipment including the diesel engine, generator and electrical equipment. The 470 Club purchased a 1959 EMD GP9 to supply these needed components, and its diesel prime mover was installed in the 4268 in November, 2018. When restoration is complete (expected in 2020), the 4268 will be leased to the Conway Scenic and will operate along with the 4266. Greenville Junction Depot Friends of Greenville, Maine, will receive $5,000 toward the restoration of the roof of the 1889 Canadian Pacific Railway Depot in Greenville Junction, Maine. The depot, on the southwestern shore of Moosehead Lake, is an arresting structure, one of five of its kind in New England and the only one in Maine. The building’s significance rests in its Queen Anne style, its historic function, and its association with the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Depot was decommissioned and abandoned in 1965. In 2008 Preservation Maine listed the structure as one of “Maine's most endangered historic properties.” The Friends organized in 2010, began to raise funds locally, and undertook to "save the Depot." In 2015 the building was removed from Maine Preservation's list of endangered historic properties and in 2017 it was enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places. Even in the early stages of its restoration, the stately 1889 structure in the Stick-wood style recalls the heyday of passenger and rail transportation in the Moosehead Lake Region and in northern New England and stands ready to tell its rich story to new generations of visitors. The other recipients of 2019 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund grants are: • Ipswich Museum of Ipswich, MA, $3,000.00 for restoration of Rowley Boston & Maine RR crossing tender shanty. • Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society of Nashua, NH, $2,000.00 to replace siding & restore door on historic Bartlett roundhouse. • Connecticut Eastern Chapter NRHS of Willimantic, CT, $2,000.00 for permanent identification placards on Museum buildings & rolling stock. • The New Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR of Phillips, ME, $2,000.00 for the overhaul of 1883 boxcar/tool car no. 562. • Boston Street Railway Association of Boston, MA, $1,000.00 for labor & materials for canvas roof restoration on Boston Elevated Railway Type 5 Streetcar #5706. • Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, ME, $1,000.00 to complete restoration of Boston Car #4175. • Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum of Shelburne Falls, MA, $1,000.00 for the car barn extension project • Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley RRHS of Scranton, PA, $500.00 for purchase of sight glasses for the cab of B&M Locomotive #3713. The application period for the 2020 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants will open in July of 2019. Additional information about the H. Albert Webb Award and the Mass Bay RRE Grant program is available on Mass Bay RRE's website at: www.massbayrre.org/Preservation.htm. # # # Resources: Download this Press Release in PDF Format: http://www.massbayrre.org/Press/Preservation_Awards_2019.pdf Download this Press Release in MS Word Format: http://www.massbayrre.org/Press/Preservation_Awards_2019.docx Download photo of WW&F Mountain Extension right-of-way: http://www.massbayrre.org/Press/WWF_End_of_Track_Mike_Fox.jpg (Photo Caption: Looking north from the end of the newly-laid track toward the right-of-way graded all the way to the Trout Brook bridge. Photo Credit: Photo by Mike Fox, courtesy WW&F) Download photo of Boston & Maine 4268 prime mover installation: http://www.massbayrre.org/Press/4268_Prime_Mover_Transplant.jpg (Photo Caption: A crane lowers the diesel prime mover into the freshly-repainted body shell of Boston & Maine F7A 4268 in November, 2018. Photo Credit: Photo courtesy 470 Railroad Club) Download photo of Greenville Junction Depot: http://www.massbayrre.org/Press/Greenville_Junction_Depot_Roof_Repairs.jpg (Photo Caption: The temporary membrane roof in the historic Greenville Junction Depot will be replaced with a permanent roof in 2019. This is the Ladies Waiting Room at the north end of the depot. Photo credit: Photo courtesy Greenville Junction Depot Friends) For more information contact: William Crawford, H. Albert Webb Memorial Award Committee Chairman, 781-581-0411; award@massbayrre.org OR David Brown, President, Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, 978-470-2066; trips@massbayrre.org Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. Is a Massachusetts non-profit, tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] educational corporation. We have organized railroad excursions since 1934. Visit our website: www.massbayrre.org A crane lowers the diesel prime mover into the freshly-repainted body shell of Boston & Maine F7A 4268 in November, 2018. (Photo Credit: Photo courtesy 470 Railroad Club) Lookingnorthfrom the end ofthe newly-laid track toward the right-of-way graded all the way to the Trout Brook bridge. (Photo Credit: Photo by Mike Fox, courtesy WW&F) The temporary membrane roof in the historic Greenville Junction Depot will be replaced with a permanent roof in 2019. This is the Ladies Waiting Room at the north end of the depot. (Photo credit: Photo courtesy Greenville Junction Depot Friends) Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. Is a Massachusetts non-profit, tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] educational corporation. We have organized railroad excursions since 1934. Visit our website: www.massbayrre.org

 Vice-President Cam Sargent accepts the award  from the Mass Bay RRE. All 3 photos from Eric Grover. THANK YOU ERIC!!!!