Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club

Established in 1992
NARCOA Affiliate since 2014

LEGAL NOTICE: Operation of railway equipment, including motorcars, is governed by Federal, State and Railroad authorities. All rail property is owned by someone.  Operation of any equipment on or around railroad property is only permitted with permission of the property owner or leasor.  CVRTC will assist local, State, and Federal authorities in prosecuting illegal operators of railway equipment. 

The Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club is an association of railway motorcar enthusiasts dedicated to preserving motorcar history and right-of-way maintenance through active operation and stewardship.
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In Memorial

(November 22, 2014) It's with great sadness that the Cotton Valley Rail-Trail Club mourns the passing of John Rives. John was an enthusiastic member, and he and his wife Linda enjoyed volunteering during the "Thomas the Tank Engine" events at the Conway Scenic Railroad. It may be little known that John's skills at clock repair kept the station clock in North Conway ticking. (JWM)

New England Southern Work Ride

(October 19, 2014) Frank, Tommy, Pete, James and Ron joined up with Jon on a brisk Fall day for a nice track patrol for the New England Southern Railroad. We cut several leaning trees, as well as cutting up some which were blocking the track. Ron and Jon both fouled plugs... but everyone made it home on their own power. Teamwork and being prepared made it a safe day for all. Weather permitting... we'll get one more track patrol in this season. (JWM)


(September 2014) The NARCOA Board votes to accept the Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club as an NARCOA Affiliate. (JWM)

Members Cookout

(September 14, 2014) Great day for members to get together for a ride over the line and some great conversation and food. Roy captured the mood with some pictures of the event. (JWM)

Crawford Notch Excursion

(September 6, 2014) The club members who helped out this year at Thomas made the annual ride up through the Notch this Saturday. Except for having to change a couple of spark plugs we had no break downs and it was a very smooth ride. We also had great weather all day until we started to load our trailers for the ride home. At that point the skies opened up and we got soaked, and wouldn't you know it, as soon as the last car was loaded the rain stopped and we where treated to a gorgeous rainbow. We also did some work for the CSRR moving a very large rock that was close to the track near the Gateway. With the help of Jon's lining bar and the many hands of the male operators, we where able to get the rock moved. (JWM)

Concord Model Railroad Club Show

(August 17, 2014) Clif brought his trackcar down to Concord to promote the Club and the motorcar hobby at the 29th Annual Model Railroad Show. (JWM)

Thursday Gang

(August 14, 2014) This week's Thursday Gang included Clif, Don, Leroy, Russ, Sam and Harry (6 cars). Debris from Wednesday's storm was removed from Fernald to NH-16, including an 8 inch birch that had fallen on the walking path at Cotton Valley. Guests, one way to NH-16, included a State Legislator and his wife. Water extremely high and on return all four culverts were left flowing freely. Overhanging trees were also trimmed on the return trip. (JWM)

Union Station

(August 9, 2014) Leroy took a picture of CVRTC members displaying their trackcars at the Union Station. The New Hampshire Northcoast mainline is on the other side of the station, between the station platform and the white frieght house. Clif, Sam, Leroy and Bruce helped represent the CVRTC. (JWM)

July Meeting

(July 13, 2014) Early start to the day. Members met at 6am at Fernald to start moving equipment and supplies out to Clark Road. Several trees had recently fallen and had to be cleaned up. All told, 16 members were present today, with five motorcars, tractor and chipper. After the meeting, a crew headed west to mow into Wolfeboro. (JWM)

June Meeting

(June 8, 2014) Great weather day to be out on the rails, whether it was on foot, by bike, or patroling the line by trackcar. Roughly thirty members and guests attended the meeting, and afterwards half a dozen trackcars patrolled east to the diner, surveying the next section of the trail to be completed, checking the water depths of the various beaver ponds, and cutting low hanging limbs to improve sight lines around curves. (JWM)

New England Southern Railroad Work Ride

(May 24, 2014) Big thanks to Jon, Cliff, Connor, Cullen and Roy for trimming brush on Saturday. The weather cleared up for seton, and stayed sunny for most of the day while the group worked. Some brief, but heavy showers came in the afternoon, as the group headed back. To the left, Cliff took an picture after clearing out around milepost 18, and a picture of the group after crossing NH-140 and taking a break at McDonalds. (JWM)

New England Southern Railroad Work Ride

(April 19, 2014) We opened the White Mountain Branch on a beautiful spring day. Despite hearing that the line was clear, we found several downed trees along the way. The large crew made short work of cleaning the winter's debris out of the flangeways. JB Mentzer snapped a picture of our group, as we travelled south back into Tilton. How many of you knew the B&M logo was still on the bridge? We had several guests along with us, learning about railroad track inspections, and getting hooked on the hobby! (JWM)

Annual Business Meeting and Elections

(March 9, 2014) The Club's annual Business Meeting and Elections was held on Sunday, March 9th at the Corner Meetinghouse in Belmont, NH. Officers and Board members were elected as follows:
President:Bruce Stuart
Vice President:Sean McInerney
Treasurer:Dave Kotsonis
Recording Secretary:Jonathan Miner
Membership Secretary:Dennis Heffernan
Trail Master:Bruce Stuart
Lock Master:Bill Catanesye
Director (expiring 2015):Cliff Mills
Director (expiring 2016):Bill Catanesye
Doug Zukowski
Russell Hoyt

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