Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Update

Hello all,
              Sorry it's been quite a spell since our last update. I have been down with a bad knee all summer and other folks have been working and have had other obligations, so it has been kind of a slow summer at the Roundhouse.

Thanks to Jim and Sandra Abbott for bringing up their tractor to mow. Thanks to Doug Andrew and Cam Sargent for trimming after Jim mowed and for putting a second coat of paint on Plow #68.

Plow # 68 is now ready to receive her decals for Portland Terminal on the trackside side.

It is hoped that we will apply for a grant for MEC boxcar 35059 this year from Amherst Railway Society. Once the boxcar has been completely restored, it will become our office and archives.

We are finally in a position that we were able to have a local contractor come up and look over the Roundhouse and give us an estimate for repairs. The estimate includes the removal and replacement of all clapboard, repair of the siding itself, rebuilding of window sills. It does not include the rebuilding of the mechanical workshop behind stalls 3&4. Total of the estimate is around $68,000.00. We will be seeking grants for the total needed. Society member Brian Hebert has become our new grant writer. Currently Brian is serving with the US Air force and is stationed in Afghanistan. He will be home in November but is starting to get us ready for to apply for grants now in his spare time. Many folks have asked what our plan for the building is. We would like to see the building turned into a museum of transportation, centering around railroading through Bartlett and Crawford Notch.
That is the goal of the Society.

Special thanks to Sandra Abbott, Eric Grover, Jim Abbott, Dawn Fox and all who helped out at the tables at Conway Scenic Railroad's 2014 Railfans Weekend.

Also, special thanks to all of you who have been keeping an eye on the property.

More updates as more is accomplished. Thank You as always for your interest in the Bartlett Roundhouse!!

Scott Mallett~President BRHPS

Friday, June 27, 2014

National Register here we come!

Hi Everyone,
                     Well Pete Davis and I had a meeting with Jill Edelmann from the NHDOT and Peter Michaud from the Division of Historical Resourses on Thursday the 26th of June and I have some SPECTACULAR news. The NHDOT on this past Tuesday the 24th of June allotted funding to hire a specialist to do the National Register nomination for the Bartlett Roundhouse. This means if all goes according to plan, the Bartlett Roundhouse will be listed on the National Register of Historic places by Christmas!! When this is complete it opens up avenues like driveway access and gives us points in grants such as the LCHIP grant and the Tillostan grants.

Jill is also going to see about getting us a letter from the head of the DOT which gives us permission to apply for grants for the Roundhouse and supports us doing so.

Jill is also seeing about us becoming "Stewards" of the building by coming up with a stewardship plan. Stewards are like caretakers, except more in a official manner.

Jill is also finding out who our new RR contact at the Bureau of Rail and transit is so we can move forward in that direction as well. Our past contacts have become busy with other projects and she is going to find out who is spearheading the Bartlett Roundhouse.

A great meeting and a win for the History of Bartlett and Bartlett Village!

Very best to you all!
Scotty Mallett: BRHPS President
From left to right; Scott Mallett: President BRHPS, Jill Edelmann: Cultural Resources Manager: NHDOT and Peter Michaud: Division of Historical Resources. Photo be Pete Davis.
 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello Spring..........

Hello Everyone,
                         The snow is finally melting around the Roundhouse, which will allow us to soon get back to work. The outside of the Roundhouse is not fairing very well as clapboarding seems to be falling off constantly. We will be having a meeting with the folks at the State to see what can be done to stop the decay.


We also have just signed rent to own leases on Portland Terminal Snow Plow #68 and MEC Boxcar #35059 with the Conway Scenic Railroad. In a few short years the equipment will be ours. We plan to finish up Cosmetic Work on the plow this summer and apply for a grant to start work on 35059 next summer. Our plan is to refurbish 35059 and have the inside done over to become our archives and office.


We are also seeking donations to hire a professional grant writer to get us operational funding and funding for equipment for the new archives. The cost of the grant writer is $1450.00, for that the grant writer spends 40 hours seeking out and applying for grants. If you would be interested in making a tax deductible donation to help us hire a grant writer or for more information contact Scotty Mallett at scottymallett@gmail.com


Our 3rd Annual Model Railroad Show is coming right up on May 17th at the Bartlett Elementary School, Route 302, Bartlett Village. We will have vendors, operational layouts, outdoor live steam and snacks and steamed dogs. For lunch or Dinner visit our friends at Cabin Fever Restaurant about 3/4 of a mile West of the School, Good eats and great Pies!


That's it for this update,
More to come soon,
Scotty Mallett~President