Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club, Inc.
Established in 1992
NARCOA Affiliate Club since 2014
LEGAL NOTICE: Operation of railway
equipment, including motorcars, is governed by Federal,
State and Railroad authorities. All rail property is
owned by someone. Operation of any equipment on or
around railroad property is only permitted with
permission of the property owner or leasor. CVRTC
will assist local, State, and Federal authorities in
prosecuting illegal operators of railway
equipment. Railway motorcar organizations now
exist in most parts of the world. Please contact
one of your local organizations. They have access
to rail property, equipment information and SAFETY
information. They are always looking to promote
the hobby/sport and would love to have your help.
|The Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club
is an association of railway motorcar enthusiasts dedicated to
preserving motorcar history and right-of-way maintenance through
active operation and stewardship.
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
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!
|(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.
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.
|(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!
|(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.
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.
|(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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
Dave captured the colorful group just north of the Sewells Falls crossing, just as they started working on the sight-lines.
|(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.
|(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.
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.
|(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.
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.
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!
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.
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
email@example.com by Friday March 8.
|(Feburary 24, 2013)
New Membership and Roster forms are now available. See the Membership Page to download the forms.
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!
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
Dave provides two pictures of the enginehouse roof, taken before the repairs were made.
Winter at Fernald
|(January 12, 2013)
Jesse provides this picture of the snow softly falling
on the depot at Fernald.
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