Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bartlett Roundhouse added to Historic Register

We are pleased to announce that the Bartlett Roundhouse was placed on the State of New Hampshire State Registry of Historic Places on this past Tuesday... "Constructed in 1887 by the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad, this building soon became a hub for the Mountain Division of the Maine Central railroad. The locomotives kept in Bartlett assisted trains over the grade leading to Crawford Notch, opening the White Mountains to tourism and logging, thereby transforming the region’s economy."

--Scotty Mallett, President

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lease agreement reached with state of New Hampshire!

The BRPC got a surprise donation for the full amount of the state-required liability insurance premium. With this, the club goes from a bunch of people with a dream to a full blown actual organization with a project. With the insurance comes a formal lease agreement with the State of New Hampshire, and more rights to the building, allowing us to have insured contractors come in and give estimates as well as allowing us to apply for grants. I will be meeting with our insurance agent this week.

Once we have our lease agreement we will also be talking with Conway Scenic Railroad about obtaining outside braced wooden boxcar MEC #35059 and ex-PTM wooden snowplow #68. Both need extensive restoration, but are both within the realm of possibility. Both cars are ex-Maine Central, boxcar 35059 served as the Car Department tool car in Bartlett from 1940-1969.

Our 501c3 (IRS non-profit status) paperwork is already at the accountant. Our non-profit status is retroactive, so anyone that donates now can claim it on thier tax returns because we will be fully compliant by fall.

We also received a gift of over 200 railroad-related books, over 3,000 photographs, research material on Bartlett and Crawford Notch, an original Bartlett station sign that hung on the east end, slides, slide projector, DVD player, and more. These will be the building blocks for our future research library.

The main objective now is to stabilize the structure. That's the goal. I can only hope we dont have another winter like last year. Last year's winter took out a dozen roof rafters, emergency measures are being taken by the State to fix them.

Our dues are cheap, only $10.00 and we can use some people not afraid to cut brush and get really dirty.

--Scotty Mallett, President

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Join Us!


The Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that depends on the help of thoughtful people just like you! Our members come from all walks of life, young and old, men and women, each new member makes us stronger. If you have an interest in railroads and preserving our local history, then please consider lending your support. Membership is only $10.00 a year, and afford you all of the rights and privileges of full member.

New volunteers are always welcome! Work sessions always go quicker with many hands helping. It's not all heavy lifting, however. We always need help writing grants, contacting the press, cataloging donations, maintaining good relations with our government officials, keeping out grounds neat and clean, and much, much more. Can you think of a way you can help us out?

Join today!
Please send a check or money order for $10 to:

Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society. Inc
P.O. Box 16
Bartlett, N.H. 03812-016

Consider a tax-deductible donation!
You may also make a tax-deductible donation to the Bartlett Roundhouse.
No amount is too large or too small.

Contact Us

Do you have stories or photos to share? Care to make a donation of time, services, materials, or artifacts? Remember, some donations qualify as tax deductions. Have a question about the project? Looking for information on how to join? Please contact us...


Officers:
Cameron Sargent - Vice President

Sandra Abbott - Secretary/Treasurer



Directors:
Scott Mallett : Archives / Grant Writer
Doug Andrew
Jim Abbott
Dennis Adams
Steven Nickless

CONTACT US:
Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society. Inc
P.O. Box 16
Bartlett, N.H. 03812-016


GENERAL E-MAIL:
bartlettroundhouse@gmail.com


Contact Us

Do you have stories or photos to share? Care to make a donation of time, services, materials, or artifacts? Remember, some donations qualify as tax deductions. Have a question about the project? Looking for information on how to join? Please contact us...


Lisa Dufault Photo.

CONTACT US:
President: Peter Davis
Vice President: Cameron Sargent
Secretary/Treasurer: Sandra Abbott
Grants/Archives/Historical: Scott Mallett
Director: Dennis Adams
Director: Steven Nickless
Director: James Abbott
Director: Doug Andrew 
Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society. Inc
P.O. Box 16
Bartlett, N.H. 03812-016


GENERAL E-MAIL:
bartlettroundhouse@gmail.com


About Us

As of September 2011, we are officially a 501(c)3 non-profit organization!

The BRHPS was formed in March 2008. Its purpose is to save and facilitate restoration of the former Portland & Ogdensburg
/Maine Central roundhouse located on the famed Mountain Division. In August 2008, the BRHPS successfully got the roundhouse listed on the State of New Hampshire State Registry of Historic Places and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. The group is always cleaning up debris and trash around the structure so that it may be made accessible for contractor estimates and further volunteer labor.

We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization, and we need folks like you to help us reach our goal! Your donation of time, services, materials, and artifacts is greatly appreciated. Membership helps us grow stronger, and is only $10.00 a year.

Please feel free to browse around our site and check back often as we make updates and add historic material. Due to our insurance liability considerations, we ask that you not attempt to visit or enter the roundhouse site by yourself. Please contact us if you have any questions about our project or our organization!

MISSION STATEMENT

To preserve, protect and restore the 1887 Bartlett Roundhouse, located on the former Maine Central railroad's famed Mountain Division in Bartlett, New Hampshire. Our secondary mission is to preserve, obtain and protect any items of historical relevance pertaining to the Bartlett Roundhouse, railroad history of Bartlett and through the Crawford Notch.

About Us

As of September 2011, we are officially a 501(c)3 non-profit organization!

The BRHPS was formed in March 2008. Its purpose is to save and facilitate restoration of the former Portland & Ogdensburg
/Maine Central roundhouse located on the famed Mountain Division. In August 2008, the BRHPS successfully got the roundhouse listed on the State of New Hampshire State Registry of Historic Places and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. The group is always cleaning up debris and trash around the structure so that it may be made accessible for contractor estimates and further volunteer labor.

We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization, and we need folks like you to help us reach our goal! Your donation of time, services, materials, and artifacts is greatly appreciated. Membership helps us grow stronger, and is only $10.00 a year.

Please feel free to browse around our site and check back often as we make updates and add historic material. Due to our insurance liability considerations, we ask that you not attempt to visit or enter the roundhouse site by yourself. Please contact us if you have any questions about our project or our organization!

MISSION STATEMENT

To preserve, protect and restore the 1887 Bartlett Roundhouse, located on the former Maine Central railroad's famed Mountain Division in Bartlett, New Hampshire. Our secondary mission is to preserve, obtain and protect any items of historical relevance pertaining to the Bartlett Roundhouse, railroad history of Bartlett and through the Crawford Notch.

The Historic Bartlett Roundhouse

Built by the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad between 1887 and 1888. The all-wood Bartlett Engine House with six stalls was home to helper locomotives that would assist heavy trains over the grade leading to Crawford Notch. The efficient railroad was instrumental in opening the White Mountains to tourism, logging and freight service. The P&O was acquired through lease by the Maine Central railroad in 1888. Besides transforming the region's economy, the railroad served a critical role in moving materials and supplies during World War I and World War II.

Bartlett Roundhouse, 1880's

The roundhouse was built to shelter and service steam locomotives. As steam was replaced by diesel locomotive technology in the early 1950's, the usefulness of the terminals like Bartlett began to fade. Plans were drawn up to replace the structure in 1951. Two stalls were demolished and the 17,500 gallon water tower were removed between 1951 and 1952. Plans to rebuild and replace the engine terminal were halted as freight and passenger service declined.

A Maine Central freight train charges through Bartlett in 1980.
By 1983, these tracks would fall silent. Photo by William Klapp.


In June of 1958 the history of the roundhouse as a locomotive service facility ended and the building was closed and sold to the State of New Hampshire. From 1959 through the early 1980's the State Department of Transportation (DOT) used the building as a sand and salt shed. Many years of salt storage had the unfortunate side-effect of rotting the wallboards of Stall 4. The building fell into disuse. Meanwhile, the Maine Central became a part of Guilford Transportation Industries and the Mountain Division through Crawford Notch was abandoned in 1983. While the rails in Bartlett fell silent, the nearby Conway Scenic Railroad began seasonal tourist service on the former Boston & Maine branch out of North Conway in 1974. The seasonal trains returned to Bartlett years later, once again bringing activity to the rails just outside the roundhouse.

The abandoned Bartlett Roundhouse in 1987. Photo by John Gerstner.

Over the last twenty-five years, the dormant and heavily vandalized building has stood at the edge of town, only a few feet from the active Conway Scenic Railroad mainline to Crawford Notch. The Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Club was formed in March 2008 as an all-volunteer grassroots movement to evaluate and help recondition the historic structure for all to enjoy. The state granted the organization a limited use agreement that allows them to perform cleanup work and invite licensed contractors to evaluate the structure. The future of the historic roundhouse remains uncertain. Critical support beams have weakened under the weight of many New Hampshire winters and the roof as a whole needs to be replaced. The structure is still stable, but needs work if it is to survive. Without work done to the building to halt the decay, it will collapse within the next few years.

Help us preserve a unique part of New England railroad history and a forgotten part of White Mountains lore. Your donations of time, materials, services or artifacts will help us reach our goal. Please join today and help preserve the past in the present for the future! If you have questions about how to join our organization or any of our projects, please contact us.