Saturday, November 26, 2016

Repairs postponed

Hi Everyone,
                    The beginning of the winter season is around the corner. To that end, the Bureau of Rail and Transit and the contractor have postponed the repairs to the Roundhouse until next spring. It is hoped that during that time more funds can be raised so more repairs to the walls can be done at the same time.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Come and see us!!!!

Come and see us at:

The Great Northern New England Train Show Sponsored by the Northern Chapter of NETCA 

Fall train show, with all scales, Dealer tables, operating Layout, Raffle for a train set. Food on premises. Meet some folks, discuss trains, etc. Enjoy yourself and HAVE FUN!!

Saturday – November 12, 2016 TIME: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM WHERE: American Legion Post #7 Hall, 94 Eastern Avenue, Rochester, NH

DIRECTIONS: DIRECTIONS FROM BOSTON, MA: I-95 North to Exit 4 (Rt. 16 N Spaulding Turnpike -White Mts). Proceed on Rt. 16 N / Spaulding Turnpike, take Exit 16 (Rts. 202 / 11 – East Rochester ). Follow signs for 202 / 11 – East Rochester to 1st stop light. Take right onto Eastern Ave. Hall is on right. COST: $5.00 per family, children under 18 are included in the drawing for the train set.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

What's going on......

Hello all,
              Well we have buttoned things up for the season at the Roundhouse, but exciting things are still happening. First of all, if the weather holds the rear of Stalls I & II will be restored this year. We are waiting for the contractor to start work.

We have also received an estimate and applied for 2 grants for the restoration of the side of Stall II.
If the grants are awarded, we will have that done next spring/summer.

We participated in the Annual Ammonoosuc Model Railroad Show at the Lin-Wood High School in Lincoln, NH on October 29th.

We have new T-Shirts in, on the back this time is our 1923 Russell Snow Plow the T.R. Zimont. The shirts are $15.00 each and you can order by contacting Sandra at
We still have mugs at $5, totes at $5, hats at $10 and pens at .50!! We accept checks and Paypal. Shipping is not included and is Priority/First Class.

We also placed the Conservation Moose Plate Award Plaque on the side of the Roundhouse.

The Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society was awarded the Volunteer Champion Award for Volunteerism and betterment of life in New Hampshire at the Annual Spirit of NH Awards. President Pete Davis and Vice President Cam Sargent accepted the award on behalf of the Society.

That's it for now, check back often for more updates!!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grant Awarded

Hi All, I wanted to let you all know that The Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society has been awarded a NH Moose Plate Grant by the Division of Historical Resources. The State of NH Bureau of Rail and Transit will be chipping in an addition to the grant. The monies will be used to start rehab of the building and will begin with the rear of Stalls 1&2 which are in need of most repair. The combined total of the grant and funds from the State of NH is $25,000.00. I will let you know more about when the rehab will start as soon as I have the information.
Scotty Mallett

Monday, July 25, 2016

Come and see us.................

We will be participating at the Art in the Park Non Profit tent on Saturday, August 6 from 10-4 at Schouler Park in North Conway. Come see us, we will have a train set you can operate. Here is a list of fellow participants for your information.

Valley Promotions                                balloons, face painting, note cards (?)
Carroll County Altrusa                           cupcakes, muffins, brownies
Rozzie May Animal Alliance     
North Conway Rotary     
Conway Area Lions Club                        connolis
MWV Children’s Museum                       fairy wands
White Mountain Aquatic                          dunk tank  
Believe in Books                                    book mobile
North Country Cares                               dress a mannequin (?)
Miss MWV Teen                                     foam craft
Carroll County RSVP                               popcorn machine (?)
M&D Playhouse                                      performers at noon?
American Cancer Society                        hot dogs / sno cones (?)
Bartlett Roundhouse Pres. Soc.               model train set
MWV Supports Recovery                 
Conway Area Humane Soc.                    puppy kisses
470 Club                                               photos by Precious Escapes
Mountain Top Music Center                   Sharon Novak?
Jen’s Friends                                        game (?)
Gibson Center                        wood burned key chains with Wood Creations 603

We hope you will come and see us and these other great non profits at Art in the Park!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Whats Happening.................

These are exciting times for the Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society and I wanted to share a bit of what we are up to with you.  

We now have one of our staff working on certification to become a grant writer with the American Grant Writers Association.  As much of our funding for rehabbing and preserving the roundhouse will need to come from grants, this is a very important skill for us to have on tap.  If you are not familiar with the grant writing process, it is long, detailed, and has a specific order of steps required to even being to apply for available funds.  We have managed to put together a couple of fairly simple grant requests over the past few years, but we have been missing out on being able to identify and access a lot of funding that we would otherwise qualify for.  Having someone on staff trained and qualified to pursue these potential sources is huge for us!  We should be able to move our funding process forward very effectively, very soon.  We have also discussed possibly making this grand writing service available to other 501C3 non profits like us, who can not afford their own writer, for a modest fee, but that is still in the discussion stages.

Our new door in the face of the main door of stall two is in place and functional.  We are in the process of providing keys to all of the local services in Bartlett that might need to access the building in an emergency, and our partners at the Department of Transportation in Concord, New Hampshire, have been given copies for their own use.

A number of us recently put some time in on painting the back of the Bartlett freight house as part of our agreement with Conway Scenic Railroad to help maintain that structure in exchange for storage space for our archival information.  We still have more to do there, but there are still a few Sundays in the next couple of months, independent of our normal work sessions, that can be used to move this forward.  We are just painting the siding this year, and only the rear and east end need the most attention (there are a few boards on the track side that are peeling, but that is just a spot painting project, and the west end is in good shape overall).  We will tackle the trim next season.

As an aside note, while working on the siding, we discovered that there was a layer of varnish under the brown paint on the trim.  Varnishing the trim was one of the ways railroads took care of their structures a hundred years ago or so, and it is interesting to still see traces of that on this particular building, considering its utilitarian purpose.

The board of the Society wishes you all a great summer season and hope you will join us on some of our work sessions later this year.  Take care!

Pete Davis

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Painting the back of Bartlett Freight House

 Doing a paint job for the Conway Scenic Railroad today. You can see the difference in color. This is the Bartlett Freight House. Cam Sargent, Pete Davis, Dennis Adams and Scotty Mallett all helped out in the painting process. Pete Davis found that the original ornamental roof supports had at one time been varnished and all along the brown roof line. We are proud to help make this building look better!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Stay tuned.........

More updates on the way!!!!!