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    Links to websites for those interested in the CVMRR

    Local Stuff

    New England Transportation Institute and Museum (NETIM) formerly the Vermont Railroad Museum - This organization's goal is to become a center of learning and activity regarding railroads--past and present--and other forms of transportation in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. CVMRR has voted to support the Vermont Railroad Museum.

    Glory Days of the Railroad - White River Junction, Vermont. Glory Days is a day long celebration of the railroad's presence in and influence on the town of White River Junction, Vermont and the entire Upper Connecticut River Valley.

    Project to Restore the Boston & Maine steam locomotive #494 - Many members of the Club are also members of the 494 Restoration Committee and/or the National Railway Historical Society's local chapter in White River Junction, VT.

    Driscoll Rail Corporation - CVMRR member, Richard Driscoll, has developed a wonderful "what if" railroad.What if a modern shortline based in Lebanon, NH existed?  The answer is as interesting as if the railroad was hauling freight and passengers (passengers in this day and age?  YOU BET!!) this very minute.  Check out the CEO's creation! Rich has begun to model Driscoll Rail in HO too and you can see the results in the photo sections of most Club show webpages. Unfortunately, in his pursuit of a career, Rich has had to discontinue his website hosted by Tufts University.  When Driscoll Rail's website comes back on another server, you'll find the link here.

    Railroads of Vermont - Modeling and History - John Mangan has developed a great site for those of you interested in the history or modeling of railroads in the Green Mountain state.

     

    Other Clubs in the area

    Ammonoosuc Valley Railway Association - A great club with their own show in Littleton, NH during late October. Their website seems to be down.

    Concord Model Railroad Club - A "brother" club to ours in that we often hook together our HO modular layouts together at their show and ours.

    Nutfield Valley Railroad Club - Another fellow New Hampshire HO model railroad club online.

    Rensselaer Model Railroad Society - Home of the New England, Berkshire & Western.

     

    The Businesses who support our Club

    Caboose Corner - Was a comprehensive, model railroad-only, hobby shop on Route 5 just north of Bellows Falls, Vermont. The owner, John Cook, was very supportive of CVMRR and its activities.  This was our main supplier of all things in model railroading. It is my understanding that John Cook has retired and is trying to sell the store, but may have to close it instead.

    Hanover Chamber of Commerce - The Dartmouth Bookstore sponsored the annual "Dickens of a Christmas" the first weekend in December in nearby Hanover, NH.  The Bookstore has supported the Club by providing a room in the Hanover Inn to set up our HO and N scale modular layouts so the area children can see the fun and wonder of model railroading as well as the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Green and visiting with Santa Claus. Now that the bookstore has been sold, the Chamber of Commerce has decided to support the Club.

    Professional Camera - Although not directly interested in model railroading, this business has supported the Club in the past by donating the use of an Olympus digital camera during a Club show so that we could display the images on our website.  The owner and staff have always been friendly and helpful to the railfan photographers among us as well.

     

    National Resources

    National Model Railroad Association - The National Model Railroad Association is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading. The NMRA was founded in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Its web site will tell you more about the NMRA: the benefits of membership for those interested in the model railroading hobby, how the NMRA is organized, where and when our upcoming conventions will be held, and how you can use the NMRA to further your enjoyment of model railroading.

    NMRA Module Standards - The NMRA is famous (and in some cases infamous) for its development of standards and recommended practices for the hobby.  Any standard will have it's variations and detractors, but overall I think standards are extremely useful.  Although the CVMR has standards for modules in the club that extend the NMRA module standards, anyone interested in modular model railroading should at least investigate the NMRA standards.

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