Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club, Inc.

A NARCOA Affiliate Club since 2014

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Thursday Gang

(June 15, 2017) Must be nice to be retired! The Thursday Gang was out for a track patrol today. Looks like five cars headed eastbound on the mainline at Cotton Valley. (JWM)

June Family Day and BBQ

(June 11, 2017) Great day full of motorcar rides, great food, and a little bit of work restoring a whistle post. Photos taken by Edward. Overhead photo by Jesse. (JWM)

Trail News

(June 5, 2017) Bruce reports that the bridge is finished. The recent weather has rained out on starting the Memorial Garden. Bruce and Dave will try for later this week. Bruce spoke with contractor regarding brush chipping; no problem with holding off for a couple of weeks until the base of the trail is established. It will be a lot easier to move the chipper and tractor up the line utilizing the trail opposed to negotiating the ties. We've had a chance to take a look at what we're dealing with regarding brush. Not as much, or big as first thought. Mike said that because of the amount of fill they're digging out of the embankments, they are going to fill the holes with as much brush as they can, and cover it. Will be a huge help for us.

See everyone this weekend for our Family Picnic Day. (JWM)

Pike Brook

(May 30, 2017) The new bridge timbers are installed, and the rail has been replaced. The line is now re-opened all the way to the Miss Wakefield Diner. Use caution over the bridge, as some spikes still need to be driven. (JWM)

New England Southern

(May 27, 2017) We had three trackcars and five members and guests along for a great day on the rails. This spring NEGS expanded their trackage from Sargent Street (C17.61) to Silver Lake Road (C21.90). Today's focus was brush trimming along this section. In the picture, Sam is just finishing turning his Woodings car, while Hank waits to spin his little M9. Out of the picture to the left, Jon has already turned his MT-14. After a morning of cutting, the crew headed back to Tilton, having lunch at the Tilton House of Pizza; across the street from the former station at C18.38 (JWM)

May Meeting

(May 21, 2017) Lots of work getting done today. Repairs were made to the enginehouse roof, wallboarding and mudding progressed in the Fernald Station, and crews went east to Pike Brook to remove rail sections in advance of the State of New Hampshire rebuilding the bridge deck. New sixteen foot timbers will be installed to support the rails, and will be big enough to install guardrails, and still be wide enough for the snowmobile trail groomers. (JWM)

May Meeting

(May 1, 2017) Don't forget that because of Mother's Day, our May meeting is held on the 3rd Sunday. This year, it will be May 21st. Looking forward to a nice spring day. Stay tuned for more information regarding the projects we'd like to get done. (JWM)

Hooksett Model Railroad Show

(April 23, 2017) Norm Yeaton represented the Club at the annual Hooksett Lions Club show. (JWM)

New England Southern

(April 22, 2017) We had our first track patrol of the year on the White Mountain Branch, running up to Tilton, and lunch at the Tilton House of Pizza. Along the way we inspected and marked ties for this summer's tie replacement project, as well inspecting the new crossing at Sewells Falls, and identify vegatation that needs to be trimmed. We also noticed that we should repaint mileposts this year. (JWM)

Happy New Year

(January 2, 2017) Happy New year! We hope you are doing well. The 2017 Cotton Valley Membership Application has been put on the Membership page.

Please fill out, and mail the application, along with a check for $30 to:

CVRTC Membership Secretary
Dennis Heffernan
PO Box 2220
York Beach, ME 03910

Send your application and dues as soon as possible but no later than February 18. Don't forget to indicate whether your application is for a single individual or for a family. Membership cards and rosters will be handed out at the annual meeting.

Please make every effort to send your application/check BEFORE the annual meeting - by February 18 at the latest - in order to allow time to print membership cards, as well as print the roster.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting in March. (DH)

Good Bye

(October 12, 2016) Hello fellow CVRTC members,
After a lot of thought and soul searching I have decided to hang up my hat as the organizer for the Thomas events at the CSRR.
I started out ten years ago helping Wayne and Tiny running three motorcars with Thomas only being a three day event.
Today Thomas has evolved into a two, three day weekend event requiring more cars and people. When I first started we didn't have flaggers or even a fence running parallel to the tracks to keep everybody away from the track cars.
Today that is not the case, as you can just look around and see all the changes that have been made over the years in the name of safety.
While I am very proud of the job you all have done over the years, I am extremely proud of never having had an accident or having somebody get hurt. Without your help and dedication this would not have been possible, and it speaks volumes for everything that you have done over the years.
So with this said, I want to once again thank all of you who have helped me over the years. Dennis and Stacie have volunteered to take up the reins and will be running the Thomas event next year. I know you will give them all the help they need, as you had done for me. Continued success with the Thomas event and keep up our safety record.
The best to all of you.
Regards.
Dave (DK)

October Meeting

(October 9, 2016) CVRTC members were greeted by a dreary, overcast day at Fernald Station. After the monthly meeting, a small group headed out to patrol the Wolfeboro line, inspecting the newly constructed trail sections, and breaking for lunch at the Miss Wakefield diner. The group returned west, all the way to Wolfeboro Falls. (JWM)

September Meeting

(September 11, 2016) The club had a special visitor to the monthly club meeting this Sunday. Chris Gamache, Chief for the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails made a surprise visit at Fernald Station. Mr. Gamache had nominated our President, Bruce Stuart, for a Trail Advocacy Award. This award is given by American Trails, a national organization that works on behalf of all trail interests. The award demonstrates the national recognition of motorcars as a peer trail user among snowmobiles, hiking, horseback riding and any other means or contrivance to navigate a trail. Bruce earned this by his dedication to railroad history and focus on our recreational pursuits of riding the rails. We've worked closely with Trail Chief Gamache over the years and appreciate his inclusive efforts to keep our hobby alive in the state trail system. We were delighted with his visit on our Family Day and his consideration of CVRTC for this kind of recognition in the trails community. (SPM)

Trail Work

(August 27, 2016) Six club members have responded for this weekends' work party. Sunday, 8am - 1pm will work for the majority of members. Members will be meeting at Cotton Valley at 8am and installing gauge rods on the downgrade, eastward, leaving Cotton Valley. We definitely could use some additional help that day. Additional spike mauls and grub hoes would be a big plus. The digging won't nearly approach the amount of effort it took to install the initial ones that were put in two weeks ago. There are many spikes creeping upward and they will need to be spiked back down.

This latest effort on our part will virtually get us to the 1st culvert in the wetlands that Ron and members rebuilt 6-8 years ago. At that point the trail goes beside the rail for quite some distance. The Club's interest will be as well protected as practical up to that point. There are some bridge culverts to address and one or two more sections of gauge rods to get in before mid Oct. After this year passes, the bulk and majority of work on our part will be over. Bruce says that he, as well as all our membersr will be looking forward to bringing some fun back into the mix.

Bruce can't stress enough, fluids, electrolytes and breakfast should be a high priority Sunday. Look forward to seeing all. (JWM)

August Meeting

(August 14, 2016) Members held a quick meeting early Sunday morning, then headed out east of Cotton Valley to install gauge rods in the sections of the right-of-way in the marshes. Two deer could be seen at the far end, where the track disappears back into the woods. Thanks for everyone's hard work! (JWM)

New England Southen Railroad Track Patrol

(August 13, 2016) It was a nice day in central New Hampshire, lower temperatures and slight overcast. The crew cut several trees, keeping the line clear. Everyone was packed up and headed home before the forecasted thundershowers rolled in. The owner of the railroad extended a big thanks to the CVRTC members and their guests for their work today. (JWM)

Conway Scenic Railroad - Day Out With Thomas!

(July 31, 2016) Ready. Set. GO! Dave reports a great second week up in North Conway at the Conway Scenic Railroad participating in their Day Out With Thomas. The crew lucked out with the weather and missed the heat for the most part with an hour and half delay on Saturday due to rain. For all of you who helped out this year, thanks go out to all of you in making it another successful and safe event. Pictured is the crew that helped out on Saturday. (JWM)

Conway Scenic Railroad - Day Out With Thomas!

(July 24, 2016) Ready. Set. GO! We had a great first week up in North Conway at the Conway Scenic Railroad participating in their Day Out With Thomas. Come on up next week, visit with Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt! Pictured is the crew on a bright sunny Sunday morning. (JWM)

Visit From Senator Shaheen

(July 21, 2016) In an impromtu visit (CVRTC had a three hour notice), Senator Shaheen stopped by to speak with TRAC and CVRTC on Thursday, 21 July. The Senator wanted to know more about the trail and to see, first hand, the results of Federal RTP grant money. Bruce Stuart, CVRTC President, gave the Senator a ride out over the Lake Wentworth causeways and back. She enjoyed the ride and the scenic views from the motorcar. (SPM)

July Membership Meeting

(July 10, 2016) Quiet morning at Fernald Station preceeding the Club's July Membership Meeting. (JWM)

June Membership Meeting

(June 12, 2016) Great day for a meeting... Jon reported some fog and rain through Alton, but all cleared up before meeting time. After reading the President's Report, and the rest of the meeting, we adjourned our brief meeting, and members headed out to the Miss Wakefield Diner for lunch. Jessie's drone snapped a picture of the group at the east end of the line. (JWM)

Crawford Notch Excursion

(June 4, 2016) As guests of the Conway Scenic Railroad, and in exchange for Club members' efforts during last year's "Thomas the Tank Engine" event, participants were rewarded with an excursion on the former Maine Central Railroad line through Crawford Notch.

The trackcars were set on at Redstone and went as far as Fabyans this year. A total of ten cars with 23 people made the trip. After holding a Safety Briefing at 8:00am, the group proceeded west to Mountain Junction, then backing down the former Boston & Maine trackage to the North Conway depot.

Of all of the trips Club members have made over the years up through the Notch, Dave K believe this was the best trip ever had. We had no safety issues due to the attentiveness of the whole group. We had no breakdowns (a first), and we had just gorgeous weather. While at Crawford's we were able to see climbers repelling off Elephants Head and when at the Hattie Evans homestead we saw two climbers climbing the cliffs along the tracks. Dave guesses the only negative thing about the trip was that we saw no wildlife along the tracks but they encountered many hikers hiking along the rails.

Dave hopes that everyone enjoyed the ride as much as he did, and until Thomas arrives for another Day Out With Thomas, and we all get together again, have a safe summer and happy motor caring. (JWM)

New Hampshire Public Radio

(May 24, 2016) Sean Hurley, a reporter from New Hampshire Public Radio, came up to our May meeting and put together a short segment on the history and present day activities of the Club. In case you missed it on the radio, or just want to hear it again, visit the NHPR website. (JWM)

New England Southern Railroad Work Ride

(April 30, 2016) Five trackcars and a crew of ten... Nice day for the first work ride of the season. The crew patrolled from Concord to Tilton, helping to get ready for an upcoming tie project, and clearing some leaners before they bent over far enough to impact train operations.

Thanks for everyone's hard work today! (JWM)

Annual Business Meeting

(February 24, 2016) The annual Business Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, March 13th at 10:00am, at Lake Shore Park (2600 Lake Shore Road, Gilford, NH)

This is the same location that we used last year. Originally a Boston & Maine Railroad property which contains the last standing water tower. The Lake Shore Park depot can be seen as well. Breakfast will be served at 9:00am.

Looking forward to see you all there... (JWM)

Membership Forms

(January 14, 2016) Happy New Year! We hope you are doing well. The 2016 Cotton Valley Membership Application as been put on the Membership Page.

Please fill out and mail the application, along with a check for $30 to:

CVRTC Membership Secretary
Dennis Heffernan
PO Box 2220
York Beach, ME 03910

Send your application and dues as soon as possible but no later than February 21. Don't forget to indicate whether your application is for a single individual or for a family. Membership cards and rosters will be handed out at the annual meeting. Please make every effort to send your application/check BEFORE the annual meeting - by February 21 at the latest - in order to allow time to print membership cards, as well as print the roster. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting in March. (JWM)

November Meeting

(November 8, 2015) The motorcar season in Wolfeboro has drawn to a close. The usual items were crossed off the list to prepare the engine house and station for winter. The sign was removed from the front of the engine house. A motion was passed to address the pine trees overhanging the Fernald Station. Two new members also joined us for the last meeting of the year. Thanks to Clif for installing a solar powered lighting system at Fernald Station. We can now fly Old Glory 24 hours a day. After the meeting a contingent of ten members proceeded toward a private crossing near Mast Landing to repair a broken rail. Roy provided the cutting torch and Bruce, our Trailmaster, provided the labor. Others pulled out some old timbers that made up the ancient crossing and new clean gravel fill was put in its place. After a few hours the gauge was brought back in and both the club and the owner of the private crossing were very pleased. (SPM)

New England Southern Railroad

(October 18, 2015) It was a frosty morning, but the sun was out and by seton time it had warmed up. Thanks to James, Clif, Ron, Frank, Tom, and Jon for coming out today. The crew patrolled the southern-most 17 miles of the White Mountain Branch, and performing some vegatation management. The crew even saw some snow during lunch... Jon is hoping for some good weather in November so he can schedule "just one more" ride this year. (JWM)

October Meeting

(October 11, 2015) Great day for a quick meeting... and a ride out to the diner. Fall foliage was peaking. Ron, Jon, Frank and his guests headed out to the diner. Finding the parking lot full.. Ron and Jon headed back, while Frank and his guests stayed for lunch. Heading back west, they met Hank and his guests.

Great fall colors, and the line was in good condition! (JWM)

Joint Meeting

(September 26, 2015) Great day for a joint meeting with the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society. The day started with a quick introduction and Safety Briefing, then a short ride out to Cotton Valley while the grill heated up.

After lunch the group headed out to ride the entire line. (JWM)

Crawford Notch Run

(September 19, 2015) After our set-on and safety briefing given by Paul Hallett, operations manager of the Conway Scenic Railroad, we headed out on our patrol to Hazans at 8:00am. Without a doubt we had gorgeous weather on our trip, beautiful skies, a very slight breeze and warm temperatures the whole day, and let us not forget an accident free day.The picture of the group was taken at the Hattie Evans memorial on our return trip. If you every get a chance to read the book "LIFE BY THE TRACKS", it is a wonderful read about the Evans family years in the Willard house. Dave would like to thank all of you once again for making this trip possible by helping at the "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Railfan Day" events, and to the CSRR for letting us ride the rails. See you in the spring for our second Notch ride. Regards to all. (JWM)

CSRR Railfan Day

(September 5, 2015) Arthur and Jon went up to the Conway Scenic Railroad to support their Railfans Day. With the handcar, they showed off roughly 80 years of evolution. Great weather, a fun crowd, and now only two weeks until we run up through Crawford Notch. (JWM)

New England Southern Railroad

(August 29, 2015) Today was a great day for a work ride on the White Mountain Branch. The six car crew set on at West Portsmouth Street (845416A) and patrolled north, clearing sight lines at each milepost. To improve safety, by spreading the crew out (ie, less people with power equipment working in the same spot) the crew was divided into two teams, and divided up the even and odd mileposts. Another benefit is that each team got to travel two miles between work sites. (JWM)

Concord Model Railroad Club Show

(August 23, 2015) Clif and James displayed their trackcars at the Concord Model Railroad Club's 30th Annual Show. (JWM)

August Membership Meeting

(August 9, 2015) Good turnout of members, about 25, for today's meeting. The sky was a little dark at first, with a drop or two of rain, but the weather turned out to be mostly sunny. The rail-trail was fairly busy today... with at least one lady stopping to tell us how much she appriciates our Club's efforts to maintain the entire trail.

After the meeting, Bruce, Sean, and Jon went west with the hy-rail sickle mower; while Pete and Roy took their cars east toward the diner. The crew almost made it back with the mower, but fouled plugs on the main engine. Jon pulled it back to Fernald with his MT14.

We've got a busy month ahead of us... check the calendar for upcoming events! (JWM)

New England Southern

(August 1, 2015) Quick track patrol this morning. We pulled up alot of the creaping vines and Concord grapes. Patrolled up to Canterbury, then ate lunch at the crew picnic table. Due to the expected hot temperatures, we planned a short day. From left to right, we see Tom, Jon, Frank, Pete (sitting) and David.

We've developed a very good relationship with the New England Southern Railroad; our work ethic and safety record makes us a valuable asset maintaining this State of NH owned corridor. (JWM)

Thomas the Tank Engine

(July 26, 2015) All went well on the second week of Thomas. Despite weather, another good crowd.

We started giving rides around 9:30 AM and ran till 4:30 PM each day. Except for lunch, all four cars ran nonstop carrying full cars of Thomas fans.

Once again, Thank you to all the people that helped out for these two weekends. (JWM)

Thomas the Tank Engine

(July 19, 2015) All went well on the first week of Thomas. With the CSRR running Thomas as well as an extra Percy train this year, there seemed to be more people on the grounds.

We started giving rides around 9:30 AM and ran till 4:30 PM each day. Except for lunch, all four cars ran nonstop carrying full cars of Thomas fans.

Once again, Thank you to the people that helped out this past week and to our members who will be helping out next week. (DK)

New England Southern Work Ride

(June 27, 2015) After setting on in Canterbury, the crew patrolled to Winnisquam, surveying the trimming that had to be done on the return trip. These very rails used to host the Allouette as it ran between Montreal and Boston as a joint B&M and CP train. In the picture, from left to right: Ron, Tom, Frank, Nancy, James, Clif, Roy and Pete. Jon is behind the camera! Picture was taken just south of the NH-3 crossing, and the Winnisquam station is to the left of the picture. (JWM)

June Meeting

(June 14, 2015) The Club held it's June meeting under sunny skies. We discussed upcoming events and work to be done on the rail cooridors. One project will be the removal of the leaning pine trees, (in the treeline, above Ron's car) which are leaning over the Fernald station. We're also working on the interior of the station. (JWM)

Annual Meeting

(March 8, 2015) The Club's Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will be held on Sunday March 8th at the Lake Shore Park Club House in Lake Shore Park, Gilford NH. (The address is 2600 Lake Shore Road Gilford NH 03249). Park in front of the club house or up behind the club house. Pancakes, coffee, juice, and donuts will be served, starting at 8:30 AM. (JWM)

Board of Directors Meeting

(February 14, 2015) The Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club Board of Directors met at Dave Kotsonis', club treasurer, recently. The three hour meeting covered a lot of ground. Many items such as membership, trail work, grants and safety were discussed. The board also voted to renew its NARCOA Affiliate membership. The minutes will be published shortly. The traditional March meeting will be held at a new venue. Stay tuned for the announcement on the Yahoo Group or a call from Dennis, the Membership Secretary (JWM)

In Memorial

(November 22, 2014) It's with great sadness that the Cotton Valley Rail-Trail Club mourns the passing of John Rives. John was an enthusiastic member, and he and his wife Linda enjoyed volunteering during the "Thomas the Tank Engine" events at the Conway Scenic Railroad. It may be little known that John's skills at clock repair kept the station clock in North Conway ticking. (JWM)

New England Southern Work Ride

(October 19, 2014) Frank, Tommy, Pete, James and Ron joined up with Jon on a brisk Fall day for a nice track patrol for the New England Southern Railroad. We cut several leaning trees, as well as cutting up some which were blocking the track. Ron and Jon both fouled plugs... but everyone made it home on their own power. Teamwork and being prepared made it a safe day for all. Weather permitting... we'll get one more track patrol in this season. (JWM)

NARCOA

(September 2014) The NARCOA Board votes to accept the Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club as an NARCOA Affiliate. (JWM)

Members Cookout

(September 14, 2014) Great day for members to get together for a ride over the line and some great conversation and food. Roy captured the mood with some pictures of the event. (JWM)

Crawford Notch Excursion

(September 6, 2014) The club members who helped out this year at Thomas made the annual ride up through the Notch this Saturday. Except for having to change a couple of spark plugs we had no break downs and it was a very smooth ride. We also had great weather all day until we started to load our trailers for the ride home. At that point the skies opened up and we got soaked, and wouldn't you know it, as soon as the last car was loaded the rain stopped and we where treated to a gorgeous rainbow. We also did some work for the CSRR moving a very large rock that was close to the track near the Gateway. With the help of Jon's lining bar and the many hands of the male operators, we where able to get the rock moved. (JWM)

Concord Model Railroad Club Show

(August 17, 2014) Clif brought his trackcar down to Concord to promote the Club and the motorcar hobby at the 29th Annual Model Railroad Show. (JWM)

Thursday Gang

(August 14, 2014) This week's Thursday Gang included Clif, Don, Leroy, Russ, Sam and Harry (6 cars). Debris from Wednesday's storm was removed from Fernald to NH-16, including an 8 inch birch that had fallen on the walking path at Cotton Valley. Guests, one way to NH-16, included a State Legislator and his wife. Water extremely high and on return all four culverts were left flowing freely. Overhanging trees were also trimmed on the return trip. (JWM)

Union Station

(August 9, 2014) Leroy took a picture of CVRTC members displaying their trackcars at the Union Station. The New Hampshire Northcoast mainline is on the other side of the station, between the station platform and the white frieght house. Clif, Sam, Leroy and Bruce helped represent the CVRTC. (JWM)

July Meeting

(July 13, 2014) Early start to the day. Members met at 6am at Fernald to start moving equipment and supplies out to Clark Road. Several trees had recently fallen and had to be cleaned up. All told, 16 members were present today, with five motorcars, tractor and chipper. After the meeting, a crew headed west to mow into Wolfeboro. (JWM)

June Meeting

(June 8, 2014) Great weather day to be out on the rails, whether it was on foot, by bike, or patroling the line by trackcar. Roughly thirty members and guests attended the meeting, and afterwards half a dozen trackcars patrolled east to the diner, surveying the next section of the trail to be completed, checking the water depths of the various beaver ponds, and cutting low hanging limbs to improve sight lines around curves. (JWM)

New England Southern Railroad Work Ride

(May 24, 2014) Big thanks to Jon, Cliff, Connor, Cullen and Roy for trimming brush on Saturday. The weather cleared up for seton, and stayed sunny for most of the day while the group worked. Some brief, but heavy showers came in the afternoon, as the group headed back. To the left, Cliff took an picture after clearing out around milepost 18, and a picture of the group after crossing NH-140 and taking a break at McDonalds. (JWM)

New England Southern Railroad Work Ride

(April 19, 2014) We opened the White Mountain Branch on a beautiful spring day. Despite hearing that the line was clear, we found several downed trees along the way. The large crew made short work of cleaning the winter's debris out of the flangeways. JB Mentzer snapped a picture of our group, as we travelled south back into Tilton. How many of you knew the B&M logo was still on the bridge? We had several guests along with us, learning about railroad track inspections, and getting hooked on the hobby! (JWM)

Annual Business Meeting and Elections

(March 9, 2014) The Club's annual Business Meeting and Elections was held on Sunday, March 9th at the Corner Meetinghouse in Belmont, NH. Officers and Board members were elected as follows:
President:Bruce Stuart
Vice President:Sean McInerney
Treasurer:Dave Kotsonis
Recording Secretary:Jonathan Miner
Membership Secretary:Dennis Heffernan
Trail Master:Bruce Stuart
Lock Master:Bill Catanesye
Director (expiring 2015):Cliff Mills
Director (expiring 2016):Bill Catanesye
Doug Zukowski
Russell Hoyt
(JWM)

Clearing Trees in Wolfeboro

(December 2, 2013) Sam, Clif and Leroy patrolled to the Miss Wakefield Diner today; specifically to take care of a big downed tree out past Cotton Valley Crossing. They found a few other surprises along the way including a big oak just past Bryant Road. There are some other "leaners" to be concerned about, and the crew stopped on the way back and picked up the picnic table and brought it back to the enginehouse. (JWM)

NEGS Work Ride

(November 24, 2013) Five members braved the cold weather for a day on the rails. The group patrolled all the way to C22, felling a large leaner to clear the line for a future equipment move. The strong winds brought down more trees, and five more blowdowns had to be cleared on the way back south. To the left, the group stopped at McDonalds for hot coffee and lunch! (JWM)

November Meeting

(November 10, 2013) Twenty-seven members were present at the November meeting. In the old Fernald Station, the Board of Directors held a short 30 minute meeting before the general meeting. Topics of membership and trail maintenance activity were covered. The general meeting began shortly after 10:00 AM where Bruce Stuart covered the agenda for the day. Many members were impressed with the new mower rig loaded with "Yankee Ingenuity". The machine has already been used to mow the east and west end of the line. It cuts an 18 foot wide path on the ROW with its long sickle bar. This greatly improves the sight lines for all trail users year round. The engine house was prepared for season shutdown. There will be a BOD meeting in January or February before the annual season opener meeting in March. (SPM)

NEGS Work Ride

(October 26, 2013) Five members and guests spent a crisp October day working along the White Mountain Branch. We cleared sightlines around mileposts and crossings. In the picture, the crew is working around milepost "C1", just outside Concord, and within sight of the former Page Belting company. This section of track was relocated, allowing for the development of Horseshoe Pond, and the Grapone Center. (JWM)

October Meeting

(October 13, 2013) About two dozen members and guests attended the October meeting. After a brief meeting, and updates on the trail conditions and upcoming efforts, a group of eight members headed out to patol to the diner. The sink hole was filled in, and the stop sign at Byrant Road was stood back up. A large amount of stone dust has been delivered at the end of the line, and in the process the State's end of track sign was snapped off. Be aware as you approach the end of the line that the sign is no longer there! (JWM)

Family Day

(September 8, 2013) Food must be ready... everyone is headed toward the enginehouse to grab a hotdog, burger, or chicken sandwich. Follow that up with coleslaw, potato salad, and several desserts! Great day for a meeting, 44 members and guests attended. After lunch people headed out for a ride on the line. (JWM)

New England Southern Work Ride

(August 24, 2013) Great day, and a SAFE day on the rails. From front to back, Jon, Peter, Ron and Clif did some light trimming. Here, they're picking up brush left by the State's trimmer, and improving the sight lines around MP C9, just south of Canterbury, NH. (JWM)

August Meeting

(August 11, 2013) Fernald Station; Two dozen members and guests were present for the Club's August meeting. Pictured are Ron, Jon, and Clif's trackcars as they get ready to patrol the line after the meeting. (JWM)

Open House at Union

(August 10, 2013) Several members had their trackcars on display at the Union, NH station. This restored station is on the Ossipee Line, next to active trackage used by the New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad. The former freighthouse now houses an HO Scale (1/87th) layout depicting the local stations. (JWM)

NEGS Work Ride

(July 28, 2013) Great day on the New England Southern. Nine members and guests worked to cut brush in several locations. Pictured to the far left is the Merrimack River bridge after the brush was cleared from the approaches, and a group picture as the group clears the brush from the east side of the track at Boyce. We patrolled 42 miles of track, and to the delight of the guys in the open cars, the rain held off! (JWM)

Thomas the Tank Engine Go-Go Tour

(July 20, 2013) This was second weekend of entertaining Thomas the Tank Engine fans up at North Conway. This had to be the hottest weekend ever! In this picture, taken on Saturday, we see John, Jon, Russ and the Mahr's trackcars. Cranmore ski area is in the background! The station looks empty, Thomas must be headed down to Hussy Farm, and the other train off to Bartlett. (JWM)

July Meeting at Fernald

(July 14, 2013) About a dozen members attended the July meeting, with an equal number up in North Conway supporting the Conway Scenic Railroad. After the meeting some members headed into town, while Jon and Tom headed to the diner for lunch, then trimmed mileposts on the return trip. (JWM)

Working on the White Mountain Branch

(June 22, 2013) The day after the Summer Soltice and the longest daylight of the year, we hosted the longest and best attended work ride this year. Seven trackcars, fifteen members, forty-four miles round-trip, and one meet with the southbound NEGS train. Most importantly we had a SAFE day and got a lot of trimming done. On behalf of New England Southern, Jon extends a big THANKS to everyone who attended.

Dave captured the colorful group just north of the Sewells Falls crossing, just as they started working on the sight-lines. (JWM)

June Meeting

(June 9, 2013) Again, a good crew showed up for some early morning trimming and mowing on the west end,

Nearly twenty members and guests were present for the meeting, with a similar sized group up at Conway Scenic.

Roy's photo captures the group inside the enginehouse. (JWM)

Wolfeboro Report

(May 26, 2013) Jessie reports that the recent rains have produced high water along the line, but not yet on the rail. He also found one tree down east of Bryant Road, and took care of several leaners. (JWM)

New England Southern Work Ride

(May 25, 2013) Brief day on the rails today, after meeting at the seton location and discussing the weather we decided to chance it. We took care of the heavy trimming between MP3 and MP4, and patrolling to Sewells Falls Road and back. To the right, Jon snaps a quick picture of Pete and Clif, before moving TC-42 ahead. The weather held for the most part, with the heaviest spinkles falling as the group setoff. (JWM)

May Meeting

(May 19, 2013) A good crew showed up for some early morning trimming on the west end, preping the right of way for some mowing. The crew discovered a pile of gravel partially blocking a crossing, but Colin and Conner had already cleared enough of the pile so trackcars could get by. Thanks guys!

Twenty two members and guests were present for the meeting, including two new members. Bruce, our newly elected President, outlined his ideas for trailwork, especially thanking everyone for their efforts.

After the meeting, members headed out both to mow the west end, and patrol east. Jon, David and Pete headed for lunch at the Miss Wakefield Diner, and proactively cleared several "leaners". Due to the lack of rainfall, the beaver ponds were quite low. (JWM)

New England Southern

(April 27, 2013) Today was opening day for the White Mountain Branch. Fourteen members, guests, and railroad officals patrolled the line. Several trees had come down under the weight of the winter snow, and grade crossings flangeways had to be cleared out. To the left, Jon took a shot of the crew at the Merrimack River bridge. The hopper car was left on the bridge to block snowmobilers. From right to left... Roy, Chi, Frank, Peter, Jim, Jeff, Pete, Diane, Leroy, David, Linda, Clif and Norm. To our delight, the Dipsy Doodle was open for lunch! We had a safe day on the rails, and it was great to see everyone on the rails. (JWM)

Opening Day at Fernald

(April 14, 2013) Roy reports "It was overcast and cool but we had a good crowd at the meeting." Thirty-three members attended. Primary discussion was about the extention of the walking trail from Cotton Valley, east to NH-16. Gator and Deborah have made a beautiful picnic table to replace the old one out on the line. Linda donated a lawnmower that can used around the enginehouse. All the Club signs were put back up on the enginehouse, and members moved all the equipment was moved outside so the enginehouse could be given a spring cleaning. Annual maintenance work was done on the backhoe and other trail maintenance equipment. Members cleaned up leaves, and inspected rail heads and flangeways at grade crossings for sand, or any other winter snow plowing damage. Everyone was eager to get back out on the rails! (JWM)

Spring Comes to New Hampshire

(April 6, 2013) Jon reports that he swung by Mountain View and Fernald on his way from the Conway Scenic Railroad Rules Class. Spring has come, and the snow and ice are slowly receeding, revealing the ribbons of rails hidden below. The first picture is taken looking north at Mountain View, the passenger station is located just over the photographer's right shoulder. The former grain building (O.L. & C.A. White ?) still stands. This track is the former B&M Conway Branch. Next, Jon swings by Fernald, noting there is still ice and snow over the enginehouse leads. Fernald is on the former Wolfeboro Branch. Both lines are maintained by Cotton Valley members, and available for use at any time. Hopefully the warm New Hampshire days will be good for maple syrup and clearing the lines! (JWM)

Annual Business Meeting

(March 10, 2013) Roy reports that roughly 34 members attended the Annual Business Meeting. Newly elected officers are Bruce Stuart (President) and Dennis Heffernan (Membership Sec), while Leroy Tripp, Russell Hoyt and Doug Zukowski were elected as Directors. (JWM)

Annual Business Meeting

(March 10, 2013) Roy reports that the 2013 Renewal forms are in the mail. Dues for this year is $30.

Roy is retiring as Membership Secretary after 10 years and so will not be on the Ballot for re-election. If you are interested in being the Membership Secretary please let him know and your name will be added to the Ballot. Presently, one member is interested in the position.

As you will see in the Renewal letter Ron is retiring as President, and also there is an unfilled opening for a Director, and there could be a couple more openings depending on who we elect to fill these positions.

In the past we have almost always re-elected the present management to continue on with their operation of the club. This time we will need some new candidates to step forward and serve. If you can be one of these individuals and would like your name on the Ballot, email me at rfrend@aol.com by Friday March 8. (JWM)

Forms Updated

(Feburary 24, 2013) New Membership and Roster forms are now available. See the Membership Page to download the forms. (JWM)

New Website In Progress!

(Feburary 19, 2013) Working on a new design for this year... same look on the front, but easier to manage behind the scenes! (JWM)

Roof Work Needed

(Feburary 14, 2013) Two weeks ago, during a wind storm, the left front part of the roof was blown off the rafters and left a large hole in the roof. The roofing material is still on the roof, only folded up at a 90 degree angle. Bruce, Leroy, and I braved the snow this morning and met at the engine house to nail the roof down. Bruce did all the work, I held the ladder, and Leroy gave his moral support. The roof is fixed for the rest of the Winter, but will have to be looked at in the Spring to make further repairs.
Dave provides two pictures of the enginehouse roof, taken before the repairs were made. (JWM)

Wind Damage

(Feburary 7, 2013) Dave reports that he was up in Wolfeboro today and swung by the engine house. He wanted a before and after picture of all the snow. After looking at the engine house he noticed the roof didn't look right. (JWM)

Winter at Fernald

(January 12, 2013) Jesse provides this picture of the snow softly falling on the depot at Fernald. (JWM)


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