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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Status Update

Hi Everyone,
                     We are waiting for winter to end so we may begin our projects at the Roundhouse. We will be finishing up cosmetic work on Portland Terminal Plow #68 this summer as well as applying for a grant for boxcar 35059 to begin it's restoration and transformation of the interior into our archives.




Our model train show in May is coming together. Please come by and see us on the 17th of May. We will have HO, N, O and outdoor live steam G scale plus vendors and food!


More updates when spring has sprung.
~Scotty
BRHPS President