Check out our “new” Caboose!
Special thanks to Belfast and Moosehead Lake RR for donating this great trailerable “Caboose” to the depot! We will put it to work campaigning for the depot at fairs, parades, and other off-site events. Also a big ‘Thank You’ to Andy Shaw for volunteering to repair the caboose to make it road ready.
The Save the Depot “Eave Restoration Campaign”.
The eave restoration campaign ran from 2014-2015 and raised over $10,000 needed to hire Old House Restorations to restore the eaves around the “Witches Hat” portion of the depot. This profile had been modified in the mid 1900’s to allow clearance for a track that was being run close to the depot which would allow boxcars to be spotted on the road side of the freight house portion of the structure. The profile, now restored, brings the depot one step closer to completion and coupled with the leveling that occurred last summer really makes the old depot start to look new again!
Leveling and Underpinning:
Because the depot was never built on a true foundation it was necessary to secure and shore up the underpinnings of the structure. Years of freeze/thaw and little maintenance had resulted in some serious sagging at the base of the structure.
Inside the depot, the floor was shore up, leveled and a sub floor installed awaiting future flooring.
The Track side of the depot showing progress on the leveling process.
A New Rubber Roof:
As part of Phase I of the depot rehabilitation, the tarps which we put on the depot two years ago have been replaced with a longer-term rubber roof. Eventually the depot will get a nice new shingled roof but for now this rubber roof will keep out the rain and snow, preserving the interior from further degradation.
Special thanks to Roof Systems of Maine for their A+ job installing the rubber roofing.
And to Ron for all his work getting things trimmed and nice.
Lease-Signing at the Depot:
(Left to Right) Bob Roberts retired CP Section Foreman, Cheri Goodspeed GJDF Board member, Jane Hall GJDF Board President, Tom Tardif, representing CMQR
On May 13th the Greenville Junction Depot Friends signed a long-term lease of the Depot Building and it’s immediate property from the Central Maine and Quebec Railway. This truly represents a new era for the depot. Not only does this make it so we no longer need to look for a piece of property to buy, it greatly reduces the overall cost and complexity of the project. We are thrilled to announce that the future is looking very bright for our little depot!
A very special thanks to everyone who was involved over the last several months of putting this lease together and especially to the CMQR for allowing us to preserve a piece of regional character.