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 owners
dedicated to performing volunteer right-of-way and rail
trail maintenance in New England.
|(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.
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.
The NARCOA Board votes to accept the Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club as an
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.
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.
|(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.
|(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
|(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.
|(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.
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.
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!
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:
|Vice President:||Sean McInerney|
|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|
See the archives for postings from
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
P.O. Box 417
Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896
Valley Rail Trail Club, Inc.