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CV CabooseMass 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 designates 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 2020, Mass Bay RRE has awarded $30,000 in grants to 12 groups, thanks to the generosity of our members and friends. This includes three $5,000 grants. In 2019 Mass Bay RRE awarded Preservation Grants totaling $22,500 to ten worthy organizations, and in 2018 we awarded Preservation Grants totaling $12,500 to 12 organizations.


SR&RL Coach 19The 2020 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund grant recipients are:

The 2020 Ralph S. Hawkins Memorial Railroad Preservation Grants
Andover Historical Society of Andover, NH, $5,000 toward the restoration of the roof and exterior of its 1923 Central Vermont wooden caboose. (top photo, courtesy Andover Historical Society).
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum of Portland, Maine, $5,000 to support the restoration of Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Coach 19. (middle photo, courtesy MNG)
Greenville Junction Depot Friends of Greenville, ME, $5,000.00 toward the restoration of clapboard siding, windows and doors on the 1889 Canadian Pacific Railway Depot in Greenville Junction (bottom photo, courtesy Greenville Junction Depot Friends).


Greenville Junctioon Depot2020 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund Grants
• The Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum of Lenox, Mass, $3,500.00 for materials to restore B&M S-1 locomotive 113 to operating condition.
• The 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine, $3,000.00 to replace replace body panels and repair rust damage on B&M F7A locomotive 4266, currently operating on the Conway Scenic Railroad.
• The Ashland Historical Society of Ashland, NH, $1,000 toward extension of the platform at the historic Ashland station.
• The Sandown Historical Society and Museum of Sandown, NH, $3,000.00 for exterior restoration of the Sandown depot.
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.
New England Steam Corporation of Winterport, ME, $1,000 toward machining the cylinders of Maine Central steam locomotive No. 470.
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 restoration of the stoker motor of B&M Locomotive #3713.

The application period for the 2021 Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants isd now open and will close on October 31, 2020.
See the Preservation Page for details and application instructions.

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 August 23, 2020