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NH RDC 42Mass 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, generally not exceeding $5000, will be awarded annually, funded by donations to the fund and income from the Fund's endowment.

In 2018, Mass Bay RRE awarded Preservation Grants totaling $12,500 to 12 organizations. The 2018 Grant recipients are:

• Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum of Lenox, Massachusetts, $3,000.00 for running gear restoration of New Haven RDC #42.
• New Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad of Phillips, Maine, $2,000.00 for the fabrication of passenger trucks for Sandy River Coaches #5 & #6.
• 470 Railroad Club of Cumberland, Maine, $1,500.00 for the restoration of B&M F7A #4268.
• Boothbay Railway Village of Boothbay, Maine, $1,000.00 for the restoration of Bridgeton & Saco River Coach #11.
• Friends of the Greenville Junction Depot of Greenville, Maine, $1,000.00 for the restoration of eaves on the Greenville Junction Freight House.
• Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, Maine, $1,000.00 for the relocation & restoration of the historic Moose Brook Bridge.
• Boston Street Railway Association of Boston, Massachusetts, $500.00 for the restoration of Boston Elevated Railway Type 5 Streetcar #5706.
• Connecticut Electric Railway Association of East Windsor, Connecticut $500.00 for construction of wooden seats for CT Company Trolley #3001.
• Danbury Railway Museum of Danbury, Connecticut $500.00 for repainting of Reading Company Pbr Coach #1547.
• Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society of Scranton, PA, $500.00 for the restoration of cab windows on B&M Locomotive #3713.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company of Portland, Maine, $500.00 for the restoration of Bridgeton & Saco River Snowplow #2.
Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine, $500.00 for the fabrication of walk-over seats for Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14 “Narcissus.”

The first recipient of a Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grant, in January 2017, was the Branford Electric Railway Association, better known as the Shoreline Trolley Museum. The $5,000 challenge grant helped to leverage a 75% FEMA reimbursement for the rebuilding of four traction motors and an air compressor to 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.

Applications for the 2019 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants are now being accepted.
Applications may be downloaded from the Preservation Page.

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 2019.

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.

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Page updated August 9, 2018