Thursday, January 31, 2019
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; email@example.com OR David Brown, President, Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, 978-470-2066; firstname.lastname@example.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!!!!
Saturday, January 12, 2019
What a tremendous year 2018 was for the Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society and the needed repairs on the roundhouse! After we received the grant from the LCHIP organization in December of 2017, it took us a while to get all the pieces in place to begin the work, but we did it! Work started finally in October.
Our partners in this project, the New Hampshire Dept of Transportation, acting as our construction managers, worked closely with Burke and Sons Construction to gather the necessary materials, repair the bottom sills along much of the front of stall one and a portion of the rear of the wall on stall four, and begin the lengthy job of residing and repairing the window mounts and plywood to help keep the building more secure.
Weather precluded finishing off the top part of the stall four walls, which will wait until spring. Still in the plan is to add some plywood to the rear of stalls three and four and put in some form of grating at the top to allow for good air flow in the structure. We also still hope to get some work done on the rear side of stall two, but costs increased on us during the time we were organizing the grant access and the time we began the construction work so we will be needing an additional $10,000 to $15,000 beyond what the grant and matching funds from the state will allow us to accomplish.
The painting will happen in the spring on the completed walls, matching the paint on the rear of stalls one and two. And, we now have our own crossing over the Mountain Division main line near to the Route 302 crossing; it is cabled, so access requires a key (I have them in hand and will distribute them to the required users at our next business meeting this coming spring).
Future projects we are working toward include adding the machine shop structure back onto the rear of stalls three and four, and adding the office back onto the side of stall four (to become our archive location). We also want to create a nature trail out through the woods behind the roundhouse that will tour and define all of the spots on the property where important work was done back in the day. We also want to work toward getting our snowplow finished off cosmetically and to get the boxcar repaired and weather tight.
We invite all of you to help us fund this additional work with donations sent to our PO Box, or contact our secretary to pay through PayPal. It will be greatly appreciated!
I want to thank everyone involved in making this work a reality, as it has really moved us forward toward our goal of opening a railroad museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of railroading in Crawford Notch and the northern New Hampshire area!
Let's make 2019 another banner year!
Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society
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