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4268 Prime mover transplantMass 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.

Each year, Mass Bay RRE will designate its largest Preservation Fund grant or grants as “The Ralph S. Hawkins Memorial Railroad Preservation Grant” to preserve and honor the memory of our dear friend, Ralph Hawkins.

In 2018, Mass Bay RRE awarded Preservation Grants totaling $12,500 to 12 organizations. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends, in 2019 Mass Bay RRE is awarding Preservation Grants totaling $22,500 to ten worthy organizations.

The 2019 Grant recipients are:

Greenville Junction Depot roof repairsThe 2019 Ralph S. Hawkins Memorial Railroad Preservation Grants
• 470 Railroad Club of Cumberland, ME, $5,000.00 for restoration of Boston & Maine F7A No. 4268 (top photo, courtesy 470 Railroad Club).
• Greenville Junction Depot Friends of Greenville, ME, $5,000.00 to complete roof restoration on 1889 Canadian Pacific Railway Depot in Greenville Junction (bottom photo, courtesy Greenville Junction Depot Friends).

2019 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants
• Ipswich Museum of Ipswich, MA, $3,000.00 for restoration of Rowley Boston & Maine RR crossing tender shanty.
• Bartlett Roundhouse Preservation Society of Nashua, NH, $2,000.00 to replace siding & restore door on historic Bartlett roundhouse.
• Connecticut Eastern Chapter NRHS of Willimantic, CT, $2,000.00 for permanent identification placards on Museum buildings & rolling stock.
• The New Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR of Phillips, ME, $2,000.00 for the overhaul of 1883 boxcar/tool car no. 562.
• Boston Street Railway Association of Boston, MA, $1,000.00 for labor & materials for canvas roof restoration on Boston Elevated Railway Type 5 Streetcar #5706.
• Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, ME, $1,000.00 to complete restoration of Boston Car #4175.
• Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum of Shelburne Falls, MA, $1,000.00 for the car barn extension project
• Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley RRHS of Scranton, PA, $500.00 for purchase of sight glasses for the cab of B&M Locomotive #3713.

The application period for the 2020 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants will open in July of 2019.
Applications may be downloaded from the Preservation Page when they are available.

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.

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Page updated January 28, 2019