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.
New England Southern / Hobo Railroad
|(11 May 2019)
Six trackcars, and ten CVRTC members and guests, made up the crew for today's patrol.
A big, "THANKS!", to Hayden, Hank, Marty, Sam, Leroy, Clif, James, Kathleen, and Scott
for coming out today. The crew seton at Canterbury, and worked north to Lochmere, and
then continued up to Winnisquam. The focus of the work to was improve sightlines, and
dig out flangeways at crossings.
New England Southern
|(27 April 2019)
New England Southern recently held a memorial luncheon for the former Treasurer, Kenneth Coombs, of
NEGS. Several CVRTC members were in attendance. Seen here are Jon Miner and Jesse Mazzie with NEGS
owner Peter Deerness at the Merrimack Valley Railroad offices in Northfield. The office is the former
Boston, Concord and Montreal freight house for Tilton.
|(20 April 2019)
Winter was an uninvited guest at our April Meeting. While the tracks at Fernald appeared
clear, it only took a short trackcar ride East, and around the corner to find ice and snow
still covering the railhead. Jon hiked west, and found similar conditions on that side
of the road too. The Wolfeboro Railroad is one of the few places in New Hampshire where
the rails generally run in an East-West orientation, and as such, the snow melt occurs a
little later in the season. Members worked to clean up around the enginehouse, including
some trees falling toward the trail.
New England Southern
|(13 April 2019)
Opening day for the New England Southern Railroad, and the White Mountain
Branch! Jon and his crew of Hayden, Collin, Sam, Leroy, Nick, Scott, and guests
patrolled 40 miles round trip, clearing the winter's damage. To their
surprise, very little storm cleanup was needed. Our patrol did uncover
several issues that we reported to the Track Department; they'll
get out before trains start running.|
It's great to be back on the rails, and more importantly, working safely
and professionally with local railroads.
Board of Directors Meeting
|(March 6, 2019)
The Board of Directors met this past Saturday, 2 March. Treasurer Dave Kotsonis & wife Nancy were kind enough to host the gathering. In attendance were President Bruce Stuart, Vice President Jesse Mazzie, Secretary James Chadborne, Directors Leroy Tripp Sr, Russ Hoyt, Clif Mills and members Sam Plourde and Sean McInerney and of course, Dave Kotsonis. We will post the highlights on the club's Yahoo group soon. Photo: Jesse Mazzie.
Season Opener Business Meeting at the Merrimack Valley Railroad
|(January 5, 2019)
The board has moved to a new venue this year and scheduled the annual season opener business meeting at the Merrimack Valley Railroad Freight House in Northfield, NH. It is on Saturday, 30 March at 10:00AM. See the Events page for location details and Google map links. For the Boston & Maine Railroad fans in the club, this property was once the freight house for Tilton, NH. The Tilton station, located on the opposite side of the river (now the bank parking lot) was razed in the late 1950's. It is also the home of the Caboose Train. The club will be offering coffee and juice along with donuts and pastries. Please feel free to bring a baked good to share. The doors will open at 9:00 AM and the meeting will start at 10:00. The board is putting together the agenda now so please send any items that you would like to see covered.
See the archives for postings from
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
P.O. Box 417
Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896
Valley Rail Trail Club, Inc.