The Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society is dedicated to preserving the historic Portland and Ogdensburg/Maine Central Railroad roundhouse in Bartlett, New Hampshire, the last of its kind in the state.
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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: Cameron Sargent Vice President: Scott C. Mallett Secretary/Treasurer: Sandra Abbott Blog Master/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: email@example.com
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,
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 engin