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Mass Bay RRE established the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund in 2016 to support worthy projects to preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures, information or artifacts in New England. One or more grants, ranging from $500 to $5000, will be awarded annually, funded by the Club's donations to the fund and income from the Fund's endowment. Nonprofit, tax-exempt [IRC 501(c)(3)] organizations are eligible to apply for a Mass Bay RRE Preservation Grant. The Mass Bay RRE Awards Committee will evaluate all applications; recipients will be announced in early 2018

Connecticut Company Car 401The first recipient of a Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grant is the Branford Electric Railway Association, better known as the Shoreline Trolley Museum. The $5,000 challenge grant, coupled with BERA's own fundraising efforts, will leverage a 75% FEMA reimbursement for the rebuilding of four traction motors and an air compressor that will return Connecticut Company Car No. 401 to regular operation. That car, like many others in the Museum’s extensive collection, was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Connecticut Company car 401 is a representative of the “open” style of trolley car, popular in the early traction era and into the early the 20th century. The Connecticut Company became known as the last transit operation in North America to regularly operate a fleet of these cars, often called “breezer cars,” using them in Yale Bowl and seasonal tripper service in New Haven until the end of 1947.


Applications for the 2018 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants are now being accepted.
Applications may be downloaded from the Preservation Page.

Donations to the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund are welcomed! Your donation will help us fund additional worthy railroad preservation projects. Donors may choose to designate their gift to the Preservation Fund Endowment or to be used to fund grants directly. Endowment funds are invested to provide an annual income to be used for preservation grants. Investment income will be supplemented each year with donations to Mass Bay RRE, including all donations designated for direct grants. All donations to the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donate to the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for all donations.

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Page updated September 19, 2017.