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Heritage Railway Car Cover

$1,700 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 11 months
Please help save this fragile historic artifact from the ravages of winter snow and ice !!  We are the Contoocook Riverway Association ( http://www.contoocookdepot.org ) in Contoocook, New Hampshire, a pretty village just north of Concord.  A canvas cover will preserve our town's beautiful vintage Boston & Maine wooden railroad coach while we restore it for future generations to see and appreciate !

But this 110-year-old car is one of only a few Boston & Maine wooden coaches left ... many have been lost due to neglect and accident.   Ours is B&M no. 1246, built in 1907.  If you look closely at the photo you can see the weather damage and missing storm windows that have to be corrected.  Many other wooden parts have to be replaced.  We've done a lot of historical research, have traveled far and wide to learn how to restore wooden railroad cars, and have a good crew with railroad experience, and skill in the woodworking and mechanical arts.  There are many missing parts and missing interior furnishings, interior finish damage due to rainwater ingress, so there's a lot of work ahead, but it makes no sense to work like crazy all summer only to have it undone each winter !

Here's what one of her twin sisters, 1224, looked like when new and all dressed-up way back in 1907 ...
Pretty, isn't she ?  That's how 1246 will look some day !

A little background:  Our museum in Contoocook, NH includes the beautiful depot that was restored some years ago, and this car is the perfect companion piece!

Nearby is the famous covered railroad bridge, the longest in the US, and our wooden B&M coach traveled up and down this line, the Concord and Claremont,  for half a century before abandonment.  Here's what it looked like all those years ago with a train of similar cars at the station.  Maybe this is our car !

So it's a very appropriate artifact for this location and has a lot of meaning for New Hampshire folks whose parents and grandparents got aboard this coach and others like it, right here where it rests now.

We are only now getting started on restoration and have a lot of commitment to "get it done"!  But we don't want our hard work to be undone every winter!  For only $2000 we can obtain a heavy industrial-quality tarp that will last for many years and preserve the work that we're doing.

And unfortunately, we don't have the deep pockets of some museums that have the large barns and facilities needed to house and manage a 70 foot railroad car.   So, all we're asking is a modest amount just to protect this fine example of early 20th-century craftsmanship during the harsh New Hampshire winter when the elements do all of the damage.

We are already sinking a lot of our personal savings into this project, but we need outside help to get it all done.  Please, consider a donation that will preserve what's left of our railroad heritage before it's lost to history !!

Thanks so much !!
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Hi friends of B&M 1246, after a long time, we have finally, at last, achieved our goal !! Although we finally received the tarp too late in the season to apply it for winter 2017-2018 (we need full access now to soon begin the restoration work), it will be ready for installation next fall when the weather turns bad!!
You can see what was purchased here. It's really strong and robust (and wow, so heavy, each roll is about 120 lbs.!), and is in two halves, one for each end of the car. They'll overlap by 10 ft. in the middle of the car to keep water from entering there. The supplier was able to get maroon material that closely matches B&M maroon!!
I'll keep this campaign open until the fall season, so I can post an occasional update and so that everyone can see the tarp installed this fall.
Many thanks to everyone who donated, and even to those who just spread the word, that was also valuable!! On behalf of the Contoocook Riverway Association, I'd like to extend our gratitude to everyone !! Stay in touch !!
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Hi everyone ! It's been quite a long time since the last update and we still haven't reached our campaign goal. This time I've added a video showing some of the environmental damage to the car. Maybe seeing how it's in need of a lot of TLC will spur some to contribute a little to push us over the top! Thanks to everyone who's contributed so far, and to those who choose to help now. Every bit helps!! Thanks !!
B&M coach 1246 November 30, 2017
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Ok everyone, who will answer the challenge to push us over the halfway mark! We still need $1000 more to make the goal ! Keep sharing, Tweeting, and emailing to everyone you know and keep the ball rolling ! Let them know that no donation is too small and all are appreciated ! Thanks !!
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Another donation this morning! Thanks to Jonathan Miner and let's keep sharing like crazy on Facebook and Twitter ... tell your friends to share as well and make it go exponential ... we'll get to the goal amount in no time ! Thanks again to everyone !!
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$1,700 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 11 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Contoocook Riverway Association (Contoocook Depot)
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Contoocook, NH
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