Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club,
Dashing Through the Snow
4, 2005: Three
motorcars were set-on for the last CVRTC/NEGS workride of the
year. With temps in the upper 20's, and light snow falling, we
battled the grade toward Canterbury. But, the icy conditions got
the best of us, and we had to couple the cars together. Due to
on-going trackwork at Canterbury, we could not go any further up the
White Mountain Branch. We did some tree trimming, then headed
back to Concord Tower for lunch. After lunch, we headed up to the
Concord and Claremont branch, where we continued to trim trees and
brush to open up the line. New England Southern really has a
space crunch, and needs the additional room for car storage. Peter
Dearness, owner of the NEGS, thanked the CVRTC for our hard work this
year, and wished us all "Happy Holidays".
If you did get to Concord for a workride this year... THANK YOU! (JWM)
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery
December 3, 2005: Bill
McKenney reports that our membership secretary has been in a car
accident and is in the hospital recovering. Roy expects to be released
in a few days and says he has only a few black and blues but has broken
3 neck vertabrae. He will have to wear a neck brace for 3-4
months but should be recovered for our spring meet. If anyone
wants to send him a card his mailing address is: Roy Frendberg, 238 Bay
Road, North Easton, Mass. 02356 (JWM)
New England Southern Work Ride
November 29, 2005: Bill
McKenney reports that the next NEGS ride is scheduled for SUNDAY, December 4th.
Set-on will be at 8:00am at
the Concord Tower. We may only
be able to patrol as far north as the Canterbury crossing. NEGS is
installing a switch, and replacing the crossing. New signal lights will
be installed in the spring. For contact information and additional
details, see the Events page. (JWM)
November 14, 2005
the hope of adding more content and updating the "look" of our web
site, Jon Miner and Sean McInerney have stepped forward to perform web
master duties. As changes are made to the site you may find some
errors. If you do, please report them so we can make
Sunday's meeting was well
attended. Bob Wilhauck showed up and gave his last Treasurer's
report. The report was one of the most positive reports with the
bills paid and some money in the treasury for next year. Bob has
found out that with retirement he no longer has time to make it to all
the meetings! Thanks Bob.
If you are a member and would like to
consider taking on the job of Treasurer, contact Ron
Chris Sylvester submitted a check for donations received at this year's
"Glory Day's of Railroad" event.
Following the meeting, a large number of members helped cut brush and
dead trees from along the North side of the tracks at Fernald
Station. The cut materials were chipped with the use of a large
chipper brought for the task by one of the members. Several new
members and guests went for motorcar rides.
November 10, 2005
This Sunday's meeting is the last
meeting of the year. This means it is time to close up the engine
house for the winter, patch the windows, remove the signage, we will
also be cutting brush so we may expand our parking. Some of the
members are bringing chain saws and a chipper.
Sorry to hear that Bob W. is retiring as treasurer. He has done
an excellent job. Good luck to Bob, and hope he will remain a
member of the club. We will be looking for names to fill that
I would like to thank all the members for all the hard work they have
done through out the year. Hope to see everyone next Sunday.
November 2, 2005
membership application has been created to more closely match the
existing membership requirements. Click on the membership link,
September 8, 2005
SEPTEMBER 11, MEETING CANCELED
By the response I received back, most
are in favor in canceling September meeting due to fuel cost. It
appears that we will see prices drop back to the $2.60 range in about 4
to 6 weeks. Let's hope so any way! So this is a one-time
thing. We will have our October meeting regardless. Sorry
for the inconvenience.
See you all in October,
members and Board of Directors,
On August 14th there will be a Board
of Directors meeting at 9:30am followed by our regular meeting at
We need to discuss membership and
insurance in regards to work rides.
We need to replace a few ties at the
engine house entrance, before trail construction starts. Trail
construction has been put out to bid again, and could start in the fall.
The line has not been cut this
year. I received an e-mail from TRAC asking when we are going to
Hopefully we can get some of the work
done on Sunday. If we can get a couple of jacks and spiking
hammers, it would be nice.
Hope to see you all on Sunday.
insurance has been secured for the next twelve months. More good
news is that no increase in premium cost to each member is
expected. When you receive your insurance bill, please return
Prior to the start of the June
meeting, the tractor was used to remove track side hazards from the
parking lot. Following the meeting, one new switch timber was
inserted and spiked under the engine house switch and rails. One
more extended length timber was inserted under the tracks connecting to
the main line. This tie, and another tie inserted last year, were
spiked in place but more still need to be replaced in the near
future. Maybe when the weather is a bit cooler!
May 19, 2005
This Saturday, May 21st, Wakefield will be holding their annual Pride
Day celebration. Dave Towle has worked with Bruce Stuart, Bill
Wheeler, Don Wendell, and other volunteers, including High School
students, to connect the turntable to the
rails. Club members are requested to bring motorcars and
provide rides to the public. Two groups of cars will be operating
between Turntable Park, in Sanbornville, and Cotton Valley
siding. The first group will set on at Turntable Park before 9:30
AM and will give rides between the turntable and Route 16. The
second group will set on at Fernald Station around 9:00 AM. After
running east to Route 16, they will give rides between Route 16 and
The public is invited!
Following the May meeting, members cleaned up the engine house removing
two dump truck loads of material. The inside of the engine house
is hardly recognizable and looks great.
time to ride the rails. Do you know where your safety flags are!
The CVRTC Yahoo Group has been very active over the last two
months. Over the winter, Chris Sylvester has been in contact with
many railroad organizations around southern New England and you will
find the events on the EVENT page.
Bill McKenney is working on insurance coverage for 2005-2006.
Bill has also set up a work ride for April 17th for New England
Trailmaster, Bruce Stuart has been working with the NH Trails Bureau
and Bureau of Railroads to ensure continued and safe use of the
Wolfeboro and Ossipee rail sections bu motorcar operators.
This Sunday, April 10, is the first meeting at the Fernald Engine House
for 2005. Many projects are planned for this year and volunteers
The Miss Wakefield Diner on Rt16 has opened for the season. The
diner will be closed on Tuesdays until mid-May.
March 6, 2005
CVRTC Annual Meeting is this Sunday,
March 13th at 10AM and will be at the Corner Meeting House in Belmont,
Directions from I- 93: Take exit 20,
then Rt 140 east 4 miles to Main Street. Turn right at stop
sign, Go 200 feet, and take left onto Fuller Street by the Town
Hall. Go to end of street and the meeting house is on the
is in front of police station.
Directions from 106. Take left at lights
onto Rt 140. Go to stop sign and take a left
onto Main Street. Take a left onto Fuller Street.
January 7, 2005
renewals were mailed
out just prior to Christmas. Roy requests that each menber update
your personal information and return your menbership so that he can
complete as much of his membership duties prior to the annual meeting
Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club